Christchurch – this week in history (1 April – 7 April)

Plans for New Regent Street1 April 1932
New Regent Street opens, built on the site of the old Colosseum.

Sign of the Takahe photo1 April 1949
Sign of the Takahe opens. This was the completion of the Summit Road developments begun by Harry Ell in 1908.

5 April 1844
Frederick Tuckett and a party including surveyors, land at Lyttelton from the “Deborah” looking for a suitable site for a Scottish settlement in the South Island. They subsequently got lost in the swamps, so it is not surprising that their eventual choice was Otago, not Canterbury.

6 April 1876
Birth in Auckland of Harold Williams. He was to become one of the world’s greatest ever linguists, speaking 28 languages fluently.

6 April 1982
Premiere of “Roadshow” road safety stage show. The show was later taken on a national tour for 6 months from February 1983. It played to a total audience of over 250,000, probably the biggest of any New Zealand musical show.

More April events in our Christchurch chronology.