Christchurch – this week in history

Godley statue6 August 1867
Unveiling of the Godley statue in Cathedral Square New Zealand’s first public statue. However, the statue’s inscription acclaiming him “founder of Canterbury” is possibly over generous. Wakefield should at least share the title.

7 August 1982
Opening of City Mall, a major new pedestrian amenity created by the closure of parts of Cashel and High Streets. The project had first been mooted in 1967.

8 August 1989
Christchurch Central MP and Deputy Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer appointed as Prime Minister after resignation of David Lange.

9 August 1840
Captain Langlois in the “Compte de Paris” arrives in Pigeon Bay with 63 French settlers.

10 August 1840
Captain Owen Stanley in HMS “Britomart” dashes to Akaroa and raises the British flag to proclaim sovereignty over the South Island.

10 August 1932
Statue of Captain James Cook unveiled in Victoria Square.

11 August 1877
Canterbury Cricket Council formed.

11 August 1923
Christchurch Radio Society begins regular radio transmission with station 3AC.

More August events in our Christchurch chronology.

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