29 April 1925
Rev J.K. Archer becomes Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand’s first Labour mayor.
29 April 1934
Visit by George Bernard Shaw. He gave a nationwide radio broadcast from his civic reception in Christchurch.
29 April 1974
Cr. David Caygill, aged 25, becomes the city’s youngest ever acting Mayor (for 5 days).
30 April 1875
New library building completed on the corner of Cambridge Terrace and Hereford Street. Designed by W.B. Armson.
30 April 1971
6000 protesters march against the war in Vietnam.
3 May 1985
6,000 Christchurch citizens rally against the All Black tour of South Africa.
View our collection of protest posters.
4 May 1932
Christchurch Tramway strike. One of the bitterest in the city’s history, it lasted 16 days. There were many injuries and arrests among the strikers. The tram sheds were barricaded with barbed wire, and trams were fitted with wire mesh screens over their windows to ward off attacks.