19 August 1859
Chamber of Commerce established in Lyttelton.
22 August 1910
Ilam homestead (on the site of the present university staff club) destroyed by fire.
22 August 1925
Radio Broadcasting Company of N.Z. incorporated in Christchurch – the country’s first public radio company. The company became the major force in early radio, eventually owning and operating a chain of YA stations throughout the country.
24 August 1857
Evans Pass road over the Port Hills opens.
More August events in the Chronology.