Joe Bennett heard a story at a pub – where else – that he couldn’t resist. A vagrant had made himself at home in the Grand Chancellor Hotel, the 26-storey leaning tower of luxury that was a leading symbol of the city’s ruin until finally demolished by diggers.
You can also get the word from the horses’s mouth (it’s at the Blossom Lady Lounge at Addington Raceway) at a WORD Christchurch evening with Joe Bennett, Thursday 24 September, 7.30pm. Book now!
The International Day of Older Persons (1 October) is just round the corner, which means that it’s almost time for the yearly Positive Ageing Expo.
The Expo will take place on Monday 28 September, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. As in past years, the Expo will be held at Papanui High School, and promises to be a fun day combining information about services for older adults with free entertainment.
Exhibitors will include:
health and wellbeing organisations, including the Canterbury DHB and Pegasus Health;
banks and Government organisations;
community organisations and trusts;
rest homes and retirement villages;
And of course staff from various units of the Christchurch City Council will also be there. Make sure to pop in to visit our mobile library van which will be parked onsite. We look forward to saying hello and to chatting about the many ways in which we can help you enjoy our vast selection of print, audio and online resources.
21 September 1867
Trout introduced from Tasmania. The ova were reared in special covered ponds built in Hagley Park next to the hospital. Salmon were introduced a year later.
23 September 1914
First Canterbury contingent sails on Tahiti and Athenic from Lyttelton for the war in Europe.
24 September 1881
Telephone exchange (the first in New Zealand) begins operation.
24 September 1960
Jellie Park Pool opens.
26 September 1897
Reading of the Riot Act to an angry crowd of about 6000 in Lichfield Street as a result of religious imposter A.B. Worthington’s “Temple of Truth” fraud. Beginning in 1890, Worthington’s sect had built a ”grecian temple“ in Latimer Square. See Disturbance in the city, The Star, 27 September 1897 via Papers Past.
26 September 1945 Charles Hazlett Upham (born Christchurch 1908) awarded second V.C. for gallantry in the Western Desert, 1942. He won his previous award in Crete during May 1941.
26 September 1976
Orana Park Wildlife Reserve opens.