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 9, 1840
Captain Langlois in the “Compte de Paris” arrives in Pigeon Bay with 63 French settlers.
August 9, 1966
First City Council urban renewal housing (Airedale Courts) opens.
August 10, 1840
Captain Owen Stanley in HMS Britomart dashes to Akaroa and raises the British flag to proclaim sovereignty over the South Island.
August 10, 1932
Statue of Captain James Cook unveiled in Victoria Square.
August 11, 1877
Canterbury Cricket Council formed.
August 11, 1923
Christchurch Radio Society begins regular radio transmission with station 3AC.
August 12, 1849
Surveyor Edward Jollie arrives to join Thomas.
August 13, 1974
Kurashiki (Japan), becomes a sister city.
August 15, 1872
Novelist Anthony Trollope visits.
August 15, 1945
V.J. (Victory over Japan) day celebrations.
August 15, 1981
Massive demonstrations in Christchurch against rugby test between All Blacks and Springboks.