14 September 1976
Inter-island ferry service from Lyttelton ends with the last sailing of the Rangatira.
15 September 1975
Christchurch (Dorset, England), becomes a sister city.
16 September 1864
Opening of second Town Hall, built of stone next to the first hall in High Street.
18 September 1980
Theatre Royal bought by Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation to be renovated and preserved as a theatre.
19 September 1865
South Island Separation Bill defeated in Parliament by 31 votes to 17. Find out more in Papers Past, including report on the Separation Debate, Daily Southern Cross, 21 September 1865.
19 September 1904
Concert by pianist Jan Paderewski. He later became Prime Minister of Poland. Read Bernice’s blog post on President Paderewski.
20 September 1916
Canterbury Aviation Company founded by Henry (later Sir Henry) Wigram. Read The Canterbury Aviation (N.Z.) Co.: The First Hundred Pilots – a brief history by Henry Wigram recounting its beginnings.