This week in Christchurch history (22 September – 28 September)

23 September 1914
First Canterbury contingent sails on Tahiti and Athenic from Lyttelton for the war in Europe.

24 September 1881
Telephone exchange (the first in New Zealand) begins operation.

24 September 1960
Jellie Park Pool opens.

26 September 1897
Reading of the Riot Act to an angry crowd of about 6000 in Lichfield Street as a result of religious imposter A.B. Worthington’s “Temple of Truth” fraud. Beginning in 1890, Worthington’s sect had built a ”grecian temple“ in Latimer Square. See Disturbance in the city, The Star, 27 September 1897 via Papers Past.

Charles Upham medallion on the Bridge of Remembrance [2011] Christchurch City Libraries, CCL-2011-11-16-November2011 103-BridgeofRemembrance
Charles Upham medallion on the Bridge of Remembrance
See this image on Flickr.
26 September 1945
Charles Hazlett Upham (born Christchurch 1908) awarded second V.C. for gallantry in the Western Desert, 1942. He won his previous award in Crete during May 1941.

26 September 1976
Orana Park Wildlife Reserve opens.

27 September 1853
The first meeting of the Canterbury Provincial Council.

27 September 1974

Visit by the Shah and Empress of Iran.

More September events in the Chronology.

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