Christchurch: a chronology

A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

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This week in history

August 16, 1866
Cook Strait cable service links North and South Islands.
August 16, 1868
Tsunami ("tidal wave") in Lyttelton Harbour. Part of the harbour bottom was laid bare, then a wave swept in, damaging the "Novelty".
August 16, 1890
First inter-provincial soccer match held in Christchurch. Canterbury beat Wellington 2-0.
August 17, 1903
City abattoir opens at Sockburn.
August 18, 1974
Concert by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
August 19, 1840
French settlers land at Akaroa.
August 19, 1859
Chamber of Commerce established in Lyttelton.
August 20, 1860
Canterbury Vocal Society formed. After several changes of name, it became the Royal Christchurch Musical Society in 1920. It is the oldest continually operating choral group in New Zealand.
August 20, 1984
A longterm aim of banning open fires is approved by the Christchurch City Council.
August 21, 1989
Sir Hamish Hay announces he will not stand for position of Mayor after 15 years in Local Body politics.
August 22, 1910
Ilam homestead (on the site of the present university staff club) destroyed by fire.
August 22, 1925
Radio Broadcasting Company of N.Z. incorporated in Christchurch - the country’s first public radio company. The company became the major force in early radio, eventually owning and operating a chain of YA stations throughout the country. See 1932