22 October 1985
“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.

22 October 1988
Announcement of the appointment of Patricia Costigan as Christchurch’s first female District Court Judge.

23 October 1874
Canterbury Club building (designed by Frederick Strouts) inaugurated.

25 October 1986
“Qin Shihuang” (Chinese Buried Army) exhibition opens at the McDougall Art Gallery. 71,145 people visited the exhibition over a seven week period.

26 October 1796
Whaling ship “Mermaid” sights Kaikoura Mountains.

28 October 1985
110 vehicles stolen over Labour Weekend in the Canterbury district. Police claim it as a record.

More October events in our Christchurch chronology.