This week in Christchurch history (30 March to 5 April)

Plans for New Regent Street
Drawings & Proposed New Street connecting Armagh & Gloucester Street showing roadway & front elevation west to New Regent Street, CCCPlans New-Regent-28-4

30 March 1883
Two young boys die of exposure on the Port Hills. Monuments can still be seen near the Rapaki Track.

31 March 1863
21 Canterbury military volunteers sail north on “Phoebe” for duty in the Waikato land wars.

1 April 1932
New Regent Street opens, built on the site of the old Colosseum.

1 April 1949
Sign of the Takahe opens. This was the completion of the Summit Road developments begun by Harry Ell in 1908.

Photograph of Sign of the Takahe in the making [ca. 1927]
Sign of the Takahe in the making [ca. 1927], CCL PhotoCD 5, IMG0086
3 April 1967
Re-built Ferrymead Bridge opens.

5 April 1844
Frederick Tuckett and a party including surveyors, land at Lyttelton from the “Deborah” looking for a suitable site for a Scottish settlement in the South Island. They subsequently got lost in the swamps, so it is not surprising that their eventual choice was Otago, not Canterbury.

More March and April events in the Christchurch chronology: a timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

3 thoughts on “This week in Christchurch history (30 March to 5 April)

  1. Gallivanta 30 March 2015 / 6:56 pm

    What about this one? The Press, 30 March, 2015, Wellington Guide, Advertisement for WOW ” WOW makes Lady Gaga look like a librarian. ” Not sure what to think of that! 😀

    • Donna 31 March 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Aren’t they cheeky. Librarian chic always gets a battering doesn’t it? But cardigans and buns with specs – Miuccia Prada is all for it! Bon chic bon genre.

      • Gallivanta 31 March 2015 / 2:27 pm

        Indeed. Sweet revenge would be a librarian or librarian based theme taking out the supreme WOW award

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