26 December 1863
Opening of the Royal Princess Theatre, the city’s first true theatre. It had been the Canterbury Music Hall.
26 December 1870
First rowing regatta on the Avon. This photo shows a 1921 regatta.
26 December 1879
Serious Catholic/Protestant riot in Manchester Street.
27 December 1850
“Cressy” arrives. These 4 ships brought a total of 773 settlers. Although Cantabrians like to commemorate these “first four ships”, there were actually 8 chartered vessels which brought 1500 Canterbury Association settlers in the first few months. By the following December, 19 ships had brought over 3000 settlers.
More December events in our Christchurch chronology.