Christchurch – this week in history (19 – 25 November)

21 November 1865
Provincial Council buildings in Durham Street completed. The complex of buildings was architect B.W. Mountfort’s masterpiece. He had survived a professional disaster soon after arrival in New Zealand when his first building, a church in Lyttelton, had proved structurally unsound and had to be demolished.

22 November 1986
Visit by Pope John Paul II (the first head of the Catholic Church to visit New Zealand).

22 November 1987
“Trans Alpine” express train designed specifically for the tourist trade, begins its daily run from Christchurch to Greymouth.

25 November 1913
700 “specials” (special constables enlisted mainly from farming districts) occupy Lyttelton to allow “free“ labour to work the wharves. In spite of this provocative action, there was no serious violence in Christchurch or Lyttelton throughout the strike.

25 November 1940
“Holmwood”, en route from the Chathams to Lyttelton, sunk by German raiders. Passengers and crew were taken aboard the German ships, and eventually made their way home 2 months later.

More November events in our Christchurch chronology.

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