21 December 1877
New Christchurch railway station opens.
22 December 1885
Statue of William Moorhouse unveiled in the Botanic Gardens.
23 December 1876
Lyttelton time-ball station in operation. Its time signals to shipping were superseded by radio signals in 1934.
24 December 1864
First gas street lights.
24 December 1953
4 Christchurch victims among 151 dead in Tangiwai railway disaster.
25 December 1864
Durham Street Methodist Church opens – the City’s first stone church.
26 December 1863
Opening of the Royal Princess Theatre, the city’s first true theatre. It had been the Canterbury Music Hall.
26 December 1870
First rowing regatta on the Avon. This photo shows a 1921 regatta.
26 December 1879
Serious Catholic/Protestant riot in Manchester Street.
27 December 1850
“Cressy” arrives. These 4 ships brought a total of 773 settlers. Although Cantabrians like to commemorate these “first four ships”, there were actually 8 chartered vessels which brought 1500 Canterbury Association settlers in the first few months. By the following December, 19 ships had brought over 3000 settlers.
More December events in the Christchurch chronology: a timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.