This week in Christchurch history (17 to 23 August)

17 August 1903
City abattoir opens at Sockburn.

19 August 1840
Cover of French AkaroaFrench settlers land at Akaroa.

19 August 1859
Chamber of Commerce established in Lyttelton.

20 August 1984
A longterm aim of banning open fires is approved by the Christchurch City Council.

22 August 1910
Ilam homestead (on the site of the present university staff club) destroyed by fire.

Ilam House, Riccarton [ca. 1921]
Ilam House, Riccarton [ca. 1921], CCL PhotoCD 12, IMG0019
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.

3YA Christchurch Station of the Radio Broadcasting Company of New Zealand [1927]
3YA Christchurch Station of the Radio Broadcasting Company of New Zealand [1927], CCL PhotoCD 3, IMG0057
More August events in the Christchurch chronology: a timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

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