15 August 1872
Novelist Anthony Trollope visits. Search DigitalNZ for information on his trip.
15 August 1945
V.J. (Victory over Japan) day celebrations.
15 August 1981
Massive demonstrations in Christchurch against rugby test between All Blacks and Springboks. See our collection of posters.
16 August 1868
Tsunami (“tidal wave”) in Lyttelton Harbour. Part of the harbour bottom was laid bare, then a wave swept in, damaging the “Novelty”.
Read Bank Peninsula Impact 1868 Willem de Lange and Eileen McSaveney. ‘Tsunamis – New Zealand’s tsunami history’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
16 August 1890
First inter-provincial soccer match held in Christchurch. Canterbury beat Wellington 2-0.
17 August 1903
City abattoir opens at Sockburn.
More August events in the Chronology.