Christchurch – this week in history (4 February – 10 February)

Cover6 February 1908
Stranges fire destroys buildings in High, Cashel and Lichfield Streets. Strange and company was New Zealand’s biggest department store in the early days of the 20th century. The early morning blaze spread to the DIC, Ashby Berghs and the White Hart Hotel. Damage was over £300,000, New Zealand’s worst to that date.

8 February 1870
Opening of Christchurch’s first art exhibition.

9 February 1917
Scott statue, sculpted by his widow, unveiled opposite the (then) Municipal Offices in Oxford Terrace.

Statue Scott Memorial

More February events in our Christchurch chronology.

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