Christchurch – this week in history (18 March – 24 March)

View this photo of Dr Barker
Dr Barker gave up practising medicine after the death of his wife, Emma, in 1858 and photography became his career. With the wet-plate process, developing had to be carried out almost immediately and so he designed this four-wheeled buggy which incorporated a mobile dark-room.

18 March 1850
Jollie completes survey and plan of Christchurch.

20 March 1873
Death of pioneer doctor and photographer Dr A.C. Barker.

21 March 1848
Canterbury Association formed in London.

22 March 1975
3000 joggers take part in the first City-to-Surf fun run.

24 March 1887
First City Council offices open. This building at the corner of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Street was designed by S. Hurst Seager. It was the first public building in Christchurch to break with the prevailing tradition of Gothic, Classic or Venetian style.


Our City propped up

More March events in our Christchurch chronology.

One thought on “Christchurch – this week in history (18 March – 24 March)

  1. Marion 18 March 2013 / 10:15 am

    I love the photo of Dr Barker. Mobility is a seductive concept – then and now and perfect for pop-up Christchurch. How we love our mobile coffee carts. Just last night I saw an advertisement for a mobile book binder – the well known Paul Tito travelling the provinces with an old railways bus turned into a mobile book binding studio.

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