21 April 1971
Court Theatre’s first production, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”.
22 April 1869
Visit of the Duke of Edinburgh (New Zealand’s first royal visitor).
23-24 April 1966
Visit by Queen Mother.
23 April 1895
Regular Lyttelton – Wellington Cook Strait ferry service inaugurated by “Penguin”.
25 April 1864
Canterbury Horticultural and Acclimatisation Society formed. This group introduced many animals, birds and fish to Canterbury, and helped to establish the Government Gardens, which eventually became the Botanic Gardens.
25 April 1977
Bridge of Remembrance becomes a pedestrian precinct.
25 April 1981
New $16 million postal centre in Hereford Street in operation. A determined fight by civic groups had failed to prevent its siting next to the old Public Library.
26 April 1852
Christ’s College moves from Lyttelton to Christchurch.
More April events in our Christchurch chronology.