Christchurch – this week in history (7 to 13 July)

The Society of Artists Gallery, corner of Armagh & Durham Streets, Christchurch [ca. 1921]  CCL PhotoCD 12, IMG0045
The Society of Artists Gallery, corner of Armagh & Durham Streets, Christchurch [ca. 1921] CCL PhotoCD 12, IMG0045
8 July 1880
Canterbury Society of Arts formed.

9 July 1863
Civic tree planting begins. Part of the day’s planting was a commemorative tree, generally regarded as the beginning of the Botanic Gardens.

11 July 1879
Post Office building in Cathedral Square completed.

Post Office Corner 1963 from Cathedral spire Flickr HW-08-FE-09
Post Office Corner 1963 from Cathedral spire Flickr HW-08-FE-09
13 July 1905
Construction of King Edward barracks begins. The building was completed in an amazing 25 days. In the absence of a true Town Hall, it was often the venue for large concerts and civic occasions.

14 July 1945
Record snowfall 280mm (11 inches) over most of city. See our page on historic snowfalls in Christchurch.

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

More July events in our Christchurch chronology.

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