Christchurch – this week in history (28 April – 4 May)

28-29 April 1983
Visit of Prince and Princess of Wales.

29 April 1974
Cr. David Caygill, aged 25, becomes the city’s youngest ever acting Mayor (for 5 days).

30 April 1971
6,000 protesters march against the war in Vietnam.

1 May 1975
Canterbury University completes its move from city to Ilam campus.

2 May 1872
New St Michael’s Anglican Church opens.

Image: St. Michael's and All Angels Church, Christchurch [ca. 1885].
St. Michael’s and All Angels Church, Christchurch [ca. 1885]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 12, IMG0080.
3 May 1851
George Gould opens shop in Christchurch. The business eventually became part of Pyne Gould Guinness and Co.

3 May 1985
6,000 Christchurch citizens rally against the All Black tour of South Africa.

4 May 1932
Christchurch Tramway strike. One of the bitterest in the city’s history, it lasted 16 days. There were many injuries and arrests among the strikers. The tram sheds were barricaded with barbed wire, and trams were fitted with wire mesh screens over their windows to ward off attacks.

4 May 1981
New southern arterial (Brougham Street to Curletts Road) opens.

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

More April and May events in our Christchurch chronology.

One thought on “Christchurch – this week in history (28 April – 4 May)

  1. Gallivanta 28 April 2014 / 4:06 pm

    ‘Canterbury University completes its move from city to Ilam campus’ I remember that move only too well. Didn’t like it one bit.

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