Christchurch - a chronology


January 21
Hailstorm causes widespread damage.
May 26
Statue of William Rolleston (outside the Canterbury Museum) unveiled.
Hon. Sir John Hall, first Council Chairman (see 1862) and former Premier of New Zealand, recalled to be Mayor in Exhibition year.
September 1
First Timaru to Christchurch cycle race.
November 1
New Zealand International Exhibition (the biggest in the country to that time) opens in Hagley Park. Over 1 million people visited the exhibition during the next few months. A branch railway line was built across North Hagley Park to service the exhibition. The attractions included New Zealand’s first professional symphony orchestra [conducted by Alfred Hill], and the first Dominion pipe band contest which was won by the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band.
November 2
Foundation stone laid for the Technical College (now Christchurch Polytechnic).
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South Island Landless Natives Act gives some new reserves to the Ngāi Tahu. See 1920, 1989.
City’s first state houses built in Sydenham.

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