Christchurch - a chronology


January 13-15
Visit by Crown Prince Reza of Iran.
February 25
New Brighton Mall opens.
June 8
Visit by Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Tongan freighter "Kemphaan" towed into Lyttelton Harbour on fire. The ship was later taken out to sea and sunk by the RNZAF.
Christchurch City Council purchases Millers Department Store for Civic Offices.
September 29
Friendship Corner opens by the Bridge of Remembrance. After a heated public debate over whether the area should be used for parking, the Council decided to plant the area with trees representing Christchurch’s sister cities.
October 19
Visit by President Walter Scheel of West Germany.
October 28
Pioneer Sports Stadium opens. See 1879.
November 11
Radio Rhema, New Zealand’s first religious radio station, begins regular transmission.
November 29 (Wednesday)
Concert at Q.E.II Park by rock singer David Bowie.
Restored time-ball station at Lyttelton opens to public.
December 30
Canterbury Orchestra disbanded. The demise of this professional orchestra ended 6 years of acrimonious dispute which profoundly disrupted the musical scene in Christchurch.

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