Christchurch - a chronology


January 12
The first South Island In Vitro baby is born at Christchurch Womens Hospital.
World and Olympic Ice Skating Champions Torville and Dean perform in Hagley Park.
April 5
Visit by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
May 3
6,000 Christchurch citizens rally against the All Black tour of South Africa.
July 1
Open road speed limit raised from 80 kph to 100 kph.
September 5
French agent Dominique Prieur convicted over the bombing of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, transferred from Mt Eden Jail to Christchurch Women’s Prison.
September 14
Canterbury loses Ranfurly Shield to Auckland after a 3 year reign. Final score 28-23.
October 22
Elizabeth, the one tonne sea elephant, dies of a viral infection on Sumner Beach. She had lived for 5 years on the City’s beaches, estuary and rivers and was often found crawling up suburban streets.
October 28
110 vehicles stolen over Labour Weekend in the Canterbury district. Police claim it as a record.
October 30
Mid-Canterbury farmers slaughter 2,500 ewes in protest at the low prices they are receiving for their sheep.
October 30
Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University, Keri Hulme wins internationally prestigious "Booker McConnell" prize for her novel The Bone People.
November 27
Remains of swimming pool uncovered when excavating behind No 1 stand at Lancaster Park. Pool used as venue for 1907 Australian and New Zealand Swimming Championships. See 1894.
Halley’s Comet becomes visible in night sky. See 1910.

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