Christchurch – this week in history (26 May – 2 June)

26 May 1859
Public Library begins as the Mechanics Institute in Town Hall.

Photo of balloon ascent, Lancaster Park [between Dec. 1910 and Jan. 1911].
Balloon ascent, Lancaster Park [between Dec. 1910 and Jan. 1911]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 6, IMG0004
28 May 1840
Major Bunbury on HMS “Herald” visits Akaroa collecting signatures of Maori chiefs for the Treaty of Waitangi.

28 May 1955
First parking meters installed.

29 May 1886
First trotting meeting held at Lancaster Park.

29 May 1926
New Zealand’s first sports broadcast – a rugby match from Lancaster Park. Commentator Allan Allardyce was soon to pioneer broadcasts of racing, cricket and hockey for station 3YA. He also gave live coverage of Kingsford-Smith’s landing at Wigram in 1928.

29 May 1967
Opening of the new Bank of New Zealand building in Cathedral Square.

30 May 1874
First rugby match played.

Photo of Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch [1872].
Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch [1872]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 13, IMG0034
30 May 1890
Richmond joins City.

30 May 1912
First netball match in City.

1 June 1862
Hospital opens on site in Hagley Park. But only after the first vigorous “Hands off Hagley” protests by irate citizens.

1 June 1961
Television transmission begins from CHTV 3, Christchurch.

2 June 1874
“The Press” publishes an evening paper, “The Globe” to compete with “The Star”. It became “The Telegraph”, then “The Truth”, then “Evening News”. Publication ceased in May 1917.

2 June 1902
Municipal refuse destructor in operation. The destructor chimney, by the present site of the MED, was a dominant city landmark for many years.

More May and June events in our Christchurch chronology.

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