Christchurch – this week in history (13 May – 19 May)

May 13-15, 1920
Visit of Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII).
May 14, 1868
“Lyttelton Times” publishes evening paper, the “Star”.
May 14, 1908
Municipal tepid baths in Manchester Street open. It was described as “the finest indoor swimming pool in Australasia”.
May 14, 1947
Mabel Howard (Sydenham) becomes Minister of Health, the country’s first woman Cabinet Minister.
May 16, 1975
Opening of Four Avenues, New Zealand’s first State alternative education school.
May 18, 1881
Christchurch Boys High School (designed by W.B. Armson) opens in Worcester Street. The school moved to the present Straven Road site in 1926, and the old building is now part of the Arts Centre.
May 18, 1940
Harewood Airport officially opens. It was soon to be taken over by the RNZAF for the duration of the war.
  • More May events in our Christchurch chronology.

4 thoughts on “Christchurch – this week in history (13 May – 19 May)

  1. Gallivanta 13 May 2013 / 4:35 pm

    I like the word ‘tepid’ in reference to the water in the swimming pool; much more interesting and exact than ‘heated’.

  2. anonymousse 15 May 2013 / 4:39 pm

    I’ve always thought of ‘tepid’ as a negative word but maybe that’s just me.

    Whereabouts on Manchester street were the baths?

    • Paul 17 May 2013 / 12:33 pm

      The Tepid Baths were located where the Orion Building used to be – in between the old MED building and the Armagh Street Carpark. For those with long memories this was the location of the CCC Traffic Department. When the building was demolished the remains of the Baths were still there. Lost Christchurch has an article on the Tepid Baths.. This aerial photograph shows where it was located (beside the City Council’s destructor)

      • anonymousse 18 May 2013 / 4:42 pm


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