Christchurch – this week in history (24 – 30 September)

24 September 1881
Telephone exchange (the first in New Zealand) begins operation.

24 September 1960
Jellie Park Pool opens.

25 September 1965
Riot at Paparua Prison. 40 warders and police injured.

26 September 1897
Reading of the Riot Act to an angry crowd of about 6000 in Lichfield Street as a result of religious imposter A.B. Worthington’s “Temple of Truth” fraud. Beginning in 1890, Worthington’s sect had built a “grecian temple”  in Latimer Square. Read the article Worthington in Christchurch, Inangahua Times, 27 September 1897.

Charles Upham26 September 1945
Charles Hazlett Upham (born Christchurch 1908) awarded second V.C. for gallantry in the Western Desert, 1942. He won his previous award in Crete during May 1941.

26 September 1976
Orana Park Wildlife Reserve opens.

27 September 1851
First Avon drowning reported. The victim was drunk. The river claimed 105 lives in the first 50 years of settlement. A high proportion of the victims were drunk.

27 September 1853
First meeting of the Provincial Council.

27 September 1974
Visit by the Shah and Empress of Iran.

30 September 1972
New Town Hall complex and James Hay Theatre (designed by Warren and Mahoney) opens. Ferrier Fountain commissioned.

More September events in our Christchurch chronology.

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