This week in Christchurch history (25 November – 1 December)

26 November 1959
Memorial Avenue (a memorial to airmen killed in W.W.II) officially opens.

Memorial Avenue, Christchurch  [ca. 1959]
Memorial Avenue, Christchurch [ca. 1959].The Governor-General, Viscount Cobham (1909-1977), unveiled a plaque at the intersection of Greers Road and Memorial Avenue on 26 November, 1959. The plaque reads: “This avenue is dedicated to the memory of those men and women of the New Zealand armed forces who gave their lives in the Second World War”.
27 November 1985
Remains of swimming pool uncovered when excavating behind No 1 stand at Lancaster Park. Pool used as venue for 1907 Australian and New Zealand Swimming Championships.

28 November 1893
Women vote for the first time in parliamentary elections.

28 November 1908
Work begins on the Summit Road, the first part of Harry Ell’s obsessional dream.

28 November 1964
Opening of Cashin Quay, Lyttelton Harbour. The engineering techniques used in reclaiming this area were unique in the world.

29 November 1901
Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s first Antarctic expedition arrives at Lyttelton in “Discovery”.

29 November 1978
Concert at Q.E.II Park by rock singer David Bowie.

1 December 1949
Sidney G. (later Sir Sidney) Holland (Fendalton) becomes Prime Minister.

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

More November events in our Christchurch chronology.