This week in Christchurch history (27 April to 3 May)

27 April 1872
Railway north open to Kaiapoi.

28-29 April 1983
Visit of Prince and Princess of Wales.

29 April 1974
Cr. David Caygill, aged 25, becomes the city’s youngest ever acting Mayor (for 5 days).

30 April 1875
New library building completed on the corner of Cambridge Terrace and Hereford Street. Designed by W.B. Armson, the building was demolished following the 2010-2011 earthquakes.

The Library buildings pictured from the Hereford Street bridge, 1897.
The Library buildings pictured from the Hereford Street bridge, 1897. Christchurch City Libraries, CCL PhotoCD 6, IMG0080

30 April 1971
6,000 protesters march against the war in Vietnam.

1 May 1975
Canterbury University completes its move from city to Ilam campus.

2 May 1872
New St Michael’s Anglican Church opens.

St. Michael's Church, Christchurch [ca. 1885]
St. Michael’s Church, Christchurch [ca. 1885], Christchurch City Libraries, CCL PhotoCD 12, IMG0080

3 May 1851
George Gould opens shop in Christchurch. The business eventually became part of Pyne Gould Guinness and Co.

3 May 1985
6,000 Christchurch citizens rally against the All Black tour of South Africa.

More April and May 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 (27 April to 3 May)

  1. Andrew 27 April 2015 / 9:58 am

    According to the library website, this original wooden library was replaced by “a finely detailed rectangular structure in the Venetian Gothic style… designed by a leading provincial architect, William Barnett Armson, and opened in 1875” (the brick library building that was demolished post earthquake) – was this wooden building still standing on this site in 1897?

    • Paul 27 April 2015 / 3:24 pm

      The building obscured in the image above was the Armson building I think. Better illustrated here https://www.flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibraries/3359804596/ on the right. The building on the left was I think the 1901 addition. So yes the wooden building would still have been there. A better history of the buildings on the site is probably needed.

  2. Vanessaccl 27 April 2015 / 10:27 am

    Hi Andrew, good question. I am not at work today, but will follow up with more knowledgeable colleagues tomorrow and get back to you.

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