This week in Christchurch history (2 to 8 November)

2 November 1899
Balloonist Captain Lorraine lost at sea after an ascent from Lancaster Park.

Balloonist Captain Lorraine shown in his first successful ascent in Christchurch [1899]
Balloonist Captain Lorraine shown in his first successful ascent in Christchurch [1899], CCL PhotoCD 6, IMG0077
2 November 1914
Riccarton (Deans) Bush presented to the city by the Deans family.

4 November 1876
Night cycle races held at Lancaster Park. The experiment was not a success – the gas illumination was completely inadequate.

4 November 1989
Record crowd of 60,000 at Lancaster Park to see Irish Rock Band U2.

5 November 1979
Regent Theatre gutted by fire.

6 November 1830
Te Rauparaha‘s war party massacres the inhabitants of Akaroa and returns to Kapiti Island.

6 November 1918
Beginning of the influenza epidemic which was eventually to kill 466 people in Christchurch.

People using the inhalation chamber in the Government Buildings in Cathedral Square, Christchurch [1918]
People using the inhalation chamber in the Government Buildings in Cathedral Square, Christchurch [1918], CCL PhotoCD 2, IMG0052
8 November 8 1956
Last trolley bus runs.

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

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