May 13-15, 1920
Visit of Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII).
May 14, 1868
“Lyttelton Times” publishes evening paper, the “Star”.
May 14, 1908
Municipal tepid baths in Manchester Street open. It was described as “the finest indoor swimming pool in Australasia”.
May 14, 1947
Mabel Howard (Sydenham) becomes Minister of Health, the country’s first woman Cabinet Minister.
May 16, 1975
Opening of Four Avenues, New Zealand’s first State alternative education school.
May 18, 1881
Christchurch Boys High School (designed by W.B. Armson) opens in Worcester Street. The school moved to the present Straven Road site in 1926, and the old building is now part of the Arts Centre.
May 18, 1940
Harewood Airport officially opens. It was soon to be taken over by the RNZAF for the duration of the war.
  • More May events in our Christchurch chronology.