This week in Christchurch history (21 – 27 October)

22 October 1863
It is 150 years since the first Agricultural and Pastoral Association show in showgrounds (which is now Sydenham Park). An “unofficial” show had been held in October, 1862.

22 October 1985
“Elizabeth” the one tonne sea elephant dies of a viral infection on Sumner Beach. She had lived for 5 years on the City’s beaches, estuary and rivers and was often found crawling up suburban streets.

23 October 1874
Canterbury Club building (designed by Frederick Strouts) inaugurated.

25 October 1986
“Qin Shihuang” (Chinese Buried Army) exhibition opens at the McDougall Art Gallery. 71,145 people visited the exhibition over a seven week period.

26 October 1980
Christchurch City Council gives land at Cuthberts Green to the trustees of new Ngā Hau E Whā National Marae.

Canterbury Public Library exterior26 October 1982
Old library re-opens as Library Chambers (architect Don Donnithorne).

27 October 1983
New office building on the corner of Manchester and Kilmore Streets has New Zealand’s first exterior lift.

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

More October events in the Chronology.

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