Christchurch – this week in history (27 January – 2 February)

27 January 1860
Writer Samuel Butler arrives at Lyttelton on “Roman Emperor”. He is best remembered for the novel Erewhon, published after his return to England several years later.

31 January 1921
New Zealand’s first regular airmail service begins between Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru.

2 February 1960
Burnside High School opens. For a long time it was the biggest high school in the Southern Hemisphere.

2 February 1974
Commonwealth Games end with “the greatest middle distance race of all time”. Tanzanian Filbert Bayi wins the 1500 metres in new world record time. Second was John Walker who also broke the existing record. The national records of five countries Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand – were all broken in this race.

See the DigitalNZ set Xth Commonwealth Games 1974 and QEII Park.

Photo of Colombo St, Christchurch - January 1974
Colombo St, Christchurch – January 1974 Kete Christchurch
Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in
chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

More January and February events in our Christchurch chronology.

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