Christchurch – this week in history (12 – 18 May)

13-15 May 1920
Visit of Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII).

14-15 May 1886
Flooding in city centre.

Photo of Boys' High School, Worcester Street, Christchurch  [ca. 1882]
Boys’ High School, Worcester Street, Christchurch [ca. 1882]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 3, IMG0018
14 May 1868
“Lyttelton Times” publishes evening paper, the “Star”.

14 May 1907
Fire seriously damages the Antigua Street boatsheds.

14 May 1908
Municipal tepid baths in Manchester Street open. It was described as “the finest indoor swimming pool in Australasia”.

14 May 1947
Mabel Howard (Sydenham) becomes Minister of Health, the country’s first woman Cabinet Minister.

16 May 1975
Opening of Four Avenues, New Zealand’s first State alternative education school.

18 May 1881
Christchurch Boys’ High School (designed by W.B. Armson) opens in Worcester Street. The school moved to the present Straven Road site in 1926, and the old building is now part of the Arts Centre.

More May events in our Christchurch chronology.

One thought on “Christchurch – this week in history (12 – 18 May)

  1. Sarndra 12 May 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Mabel HOWARD’s grave which she shares with her father, a sister and a niece [who was married to my distant relation] in Bromley Cemetery didn’t tolerate the quakes very well :o( … I’ve been taking progressive snaps of it when I get to Christchurch now and then to visit family. Here’s the latest snap I took on 30 December 2013. How it used to look is in the comments section of the link when opened

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