Christchurch - a chronology


February 21
Visit by Lord Kitchener.
May 19
Halleys Comet visible by telescope in night sky. Prophesies of doom and superstition abounded while the comet was visible.
August 3
Canterbury Croquet Association (New Zealand’s first) formed in City.
August 22
Ilam homestead (on the site of the present university staff club) destroyed by fire.
September 12
G.W. Skellerup founds Para Rubber Company, New Zealand’s first retail rubber goods business at 175 Manchester Street. Christchurch soon became the centre of the rubber industry in New Zealand.
November 26
The ill-fated second Scott expedition leaves Lyttelton on the "Terra Nova", bound for Antarctica. See 1988.
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Government roading incentive (10,000 per county) causes the dismemberment of Selwyn County from the Waimakariri to Rakaia Rivers, and the formation of 10 new counties - Waimairi, Paparua, Heathcote, Ellesmere, Malvern, Springs, Wairewa, Akaroa, Mt Herbert and Halswell.

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