This week in Christchurch history (23 – 29 December)

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.

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

More December events in our Christchurch chronology.

5 thoughts on “This week in Christchurch history (23 – 29 December)

  1. Gallivanta 23 December 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Wonder what the settlers’ first Christmas was like in Lyttelton. Any references, wise librarians?

      • Gallivanta 27 December 2013 / 2:45 pm

        The Shipping News in that edition is fascinating and there is a report of a well celebrated Christmas in Canterbury; it’s amazing how quickly the settlers settled. There is also an account of Akaroa and how wonderful it would have been by 1851 if they hadn’t been burdened by the poor colonizing practices of the French !

      • Donna 30 December 2013 / 8:37 am


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