23 June 1863
First cab stand in City, on the corner of Colombo and High Streets.
24 June 1981
First Metro Refuse transfer station (Sockburn) in operation.
25 June 1934
Death of Harry Ell. The uncompleted Summit Road and Sign of the Takahe projects were taken over by his son.
27 June 1846
Canterbury’s first armed robbery – 3 men hold up and ransack the Greenwood brothers’ farm at Purau.
27 June 1904
Yaldhurst School elects New Zealand’s first all-woman school committee.
27 June 1964
Large crowds for visit of Beatles pop group. View a DigitalNZ set of images of the Beatles in NZ.
28 June 1869
Velocipede (“boneshaker”) bicycle (probably New Zealand’s first) tried out on City streets by its maker, coachbuilder Henry Wagstaff.
28 June 1983
Author Margaret Mahy awarded Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal for her children’s book, “The Haunting”.
29 June 1953
Aviation pioneer Richard W. Pearse dies in Christchurch. Pearse made one of the world’s first powered flights on or about March 31, 1902 in South Canterbury. He moved to Christchurch in 1921, and worked on his astonishing “convertiplane” over many years.
More June events in our Christchurch chronology.