27 January 1860
Writer Samuel Butler arrives at Lyttelton on “Roman Emperor”. He is best remembered for the novels Erewhon, published after his return to England several years later, and The Way of All Flesh, which was published a year after Butler’s death, in 1903. Christchurch City Libraries holds a special Butler collection.
28 January 1851
Fire destroys a large part of Riccarton (Deans) Bush.
31 January 1921
New Zealand’s first regular airmail service begins between Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru.