31 March 1863
21 Canterbury military volunteers sail north on “Phoebe” for duty in the Waikato land wars.
1 April 1932
New Regent Street opens, built on the site of the old Colosseum.
1 April 1949
Sign of the Takahe opens. This was the completion of the Summit Road developments begun by Harry Ell in 1908.
5 April 1844
Frederick Tuckett and a party including surveyors, land at Lyttelton from the “Deborah” looking for a suitable site for a Scottish settlement in the South Island. They subsequently got lost in the swamps, so it is not surprising that their eventual choice was Otago, not Canterbury.
6 April 1876
Birth in Auckland of Harold Williams. He was to become one of the world’s greatest ever linguists, speaking 28 languages fluently.
6 April 1982
Premiere of “Roadshow” road safety stage show. The show was later taken on a national tour for 6 months from February 1983. It played to a total audience of over 250,000, probably the biggest of any New Zealand musical show.
More March events in our Christchurch chronology.