Christchurch - a chronology


Schools closed because of polio epidemic.
February 25
Picton to Christchurch express derailed at Seddon. 6 people killed.
October 1
City Council takes over Canterbury Public Library from University.
October 20
"Pleasure Garden" art controversy begins when a Frances Hodgkins painting (done in about 1933) is exhibited at "the Group" show. This fierce debate on art style was joined by people throughout New Zealand. It raged for 3 years until the City Council accepted the painting as a gift on September 3, 1951.
see also: Christchurch Art Gallery factsheet about this work (pdf)
(no date)
Elmwood Players formed.

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