5 January 1940
First echelon of Canterbury troops for World War II leave Lyttelton on “Dunera” and “Sobieski”.
6 January 1851
The first school (which became Christ’s College) opens in Lyttelton.
7 January 1844
First European child (Jeannie Manson) born at Riccarton.
8 January 1979
First women bus drivers on Transport Board buses.
10 January 1830
“Antarctic” (Captain Morrell) anchors in Lyttelton Harbour, which he names Cook’s Harbour.
10 January 1867
European birds introduced on “Matoaka” to Lyttelton. Species include pheasants, partridges, blackbirds, thrushes, linnets, skylarks, chaffinches, and starlings. The destruction of native insect eating birds by hunting and fire had caused disastrous crop infestations in Canterbury.
10 January 1887
Tramway to New Brighton completed.