Christchurch - a chronology


"Russian scare" leads to building of gun emplacements around Lyttelton Harbour.
May 8
Strike in boot factories.
September 2
Public meeting of 25,000 (possibly the country’s biggest to that time) in Hagley Park in support of the proposal to build a railway to the West Coast (the Midland Line).
October 10
Life insurance fraud ("The Case of the Severed Hand") at Sumner. The perpetrator, Arthur Howard, was sentenced to 2 years prison on April 11 the following year.
December 22
Statue of William Moorhouse unveiled in the Botanic Gardens.
(no date)
Bells Baths built at Sumner.

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