This week in Christchurch history (19 to 25 August)

Cover of French Akaroa.

19 August 1840
French settlers land at Akaroa.

22 August 1925
Radio Broadcasting Company of N.Z. incorporated in Christchurch – the country’s first public radio company. The company became the major force in early radio, eventually owning and operating a chain of YA stations throughout the country.

Photo of 3YA Christchurch Station
3YA Christchurch Station of the Radio Broadcasting Company of New Zealand
[1927]
It had steel towers 154 feet high, aerial 170 feet long, a 500-watt ouput, and operated on a wave length of 405 metres.
24 August 1857
Evans Pass road over the Port Hills opens.

Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in
chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

More August events in the Chronology.

One thought on “This week in Christchurch history (19 to 25 August)

  1. Gallivanta 19 August 2013 / 9:18 pm

    I wonder if people complained about those towers as they do today over electricity pylons and cell phone towers. They are rather an eyesore. I am impressed that Christchurch was home to the country’s first public radio company.

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