This week in Christchurch history (29 June to 5 July)

29 June 1951
First regular South Island trans-Tasman flights begin from Melbourne to Christchurch.

30 June 1849
Canterbury’s first “industrial action” – Maori road workers in Evans Pass (constructing a road across the Port Hills) go on strike as a reaction to verbal abuse and dismissals.

30 June 1975
TV2 transmission starts.

1 July 1862
New Zealand’s first telegraph in operation between Christchurch and Lyttelton.

The Post and Telegraph Office in Norwich Quay, Lyttelton [ca. 1885]
The Post and Telegraph Office in Norwich Quay, Lyttelton [ca. 1885]. The Office was built in 1876. In the background are the offices of the New Zealand Shipping Company and the shop of R. Forbes, ship chandlers. CCL PhotoCD 2, IMG0009
1 July 1865
Lyttelton Harbour breakwaters begun.

1 July 1935
Evening papers “Star” and “Sun” merge to become the “Star Sun”, ending a 6 year newspaper war, the longest and most bitter in New Zealand’s history. The “peace” agreement between the 3 companies concerned also saw the demise of the “Christchurch Times” (once the “Lyttelton Times”), the oldest daily paper in the country.

4 July 1977
Hundreds evacuated as serious flooding affects City.

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

This week in Christchurch history (22 to 28 June)

22 June 1954
Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme murder Parker’s mother in Victoria Park. Their subsequent trial was one of the most sensational in the city’s history. Explore our digitised resources on the murder.

Cover of Pioneers of the Plains
Pioneers of the Plains: The Deans of Canterbury

23 June 1854
Pioneer John Deans dies at Riccarton. The preservation of Deans Bush was one of his dying wishes.

23 June 1863
First cab stand in City, on the corner of Colombo and High Streets.

24 June 1981
First Metro Refuse transfer station (Sockburn) in operation.

25 June 1934
Death of Harry Ell. The uncompleted Summit Road and Sign of the Takahe projects were taken over by his son.

27 June 1846
Canterbury’s first armed robbery – 3 men hold up and ransack the Greenwood brothers’ farm at Purau.

27 June 1904
Yaldhurst School elects New Zealand’s first all-woman school committee.

27 June 1964
Large crowds for visit of Beatles pop group. View a DigitalNZ set of images of the Beatles in New Zealand.

28 June  1869
Velocipede (“boneshaker”) bicycle (probably New Zealand’s first) tried out on City streets by its maker, coachbuilder Henry Wagstaff.

28 June 1983
Author Margaret Mahy awarded Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal for her children’s book The Haunting.

Margaret Mahy display. Central Library Tuam - 24 July 2012.
Margaret Mahy display. Central Library Tuam – 24 July 2012. Flickr: CCL-2012-07-24

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

This week in Christchurch history (15 to 21 June)

15 June 1874
Canterbury College (University) opens. A subsequent public protest prevented its proposed buildings from being sited in what are now the Botanic Gardens.

The Robert McDougall Art Gallery : a profile [7.2MB]
View The Robert McDougall Art Gallery : a profile [7.2MB PDF]
16 June 1932
Robert McDougall Art Gallery opens. The gallery was a gift of R. E. McDougall, Managing Director of Aulsebrooks and Company.

17 June 1843
John Deans lands sheep, cattle and horses at Lyttelton.

19 June 1857
Complaints reported that the Avon and Heathcote Rivers are becoming clogged with watercress. Provincial Council approves £1500 for clearance. Watercress appears to have been introduced by the ship “Compte de Paris” to Akaroa in 1841, and from there to the Avon by William Deans in 1850.

20 June 1928
Canterbury Aero Club formed. The first pilot trained by the club was a woman, Aroha Clifford. She may have been New Zealand’s first woman pilot.

Aroha Clifford
Aroha Clifford. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP-0628-1/2-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22823723

21 June 1851
Christchurch Cricket Club formed.

21 June 1851
Road from Christchurch to Riccarton completed.

21 June 1897
Huge celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee include the official opening of Victoria Park on the Port Hills and the transformation of Market (Victoria) Square by the City Council and the newly formed Christchurch Beautifying Association. The square, once the commercial centre of Christchurch, had contained many early public buildings and services including a prison, immigration barracks, an animal pound and the first post office.

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

This week in Christchurch history (8 to 14 June)

8 June 1838
First French warship, the corvette “Heroine” (Captain J.B. Cecille), arrives in Akaroa.

8 June 1966
New “Wahine”, described as “the largest vehicular ferry in the world”, begins on the Lyttelton-Wellington run.

9 June 1869
Earthquake damages many buildings including the stone (second) Town Hall.

9 June 1917
Sign of the Kiwi opens.

French officers visit to the Sign of the Kiwi [ca. 1920]
French officers visit to the Sign of the Kiwi [ca. 1920], CCL PhotoCD 1, IMG0085
9 June 1937
Citizens War Memorial unveiled in Cathedral Square.

10 June 1935
John Drew and poet/typographer Dennis Glover founded Caxton Press to publish New Zealand literature. Most of the decade’s best writers were first published by the company.

12 June 1848
Cover of The Ngai Tahu Deeds“Kemp’s Deed” signed by Ngāi Tahu giving the New Zealand Company control of land from Kaiapoi to Otago.

14 June 1923
New Zealand permanent Air Force established at Sockburn as the Government takes over the Canterbury Aviation Company. Included in the take-over was Sockburn Aerodrome, which was re-named Wigram a few days later.

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

Celebrating Halswell Heritage – share your Halswell photos

Do you have photos that reflect life in Halswell? Would you be willing to lend them to the library for Kete Christchurch, our digital community archive?

We’d love to have them to share with the community. All contributions will be collected, digitised and returned.

Have a look at the Halswell images in Kete Christchurch.

Images from Kete Christchurch

Take your photos to Halswell Library 381 Halswell Road (corner Sparks, Halswell Roads)
or contact us:
Christchurch City Libraries
Phone 941-7923
Email library@ccc.govt.nz

Find out more about Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. This new library and community facility incorporating customer service facilities and multipurpose spaces is being built on the existing Halswell Aquatic Centre site and adjacent land is scheduled to open in November 2015.

Feel free to promote this to your community:

  • Download an A3 poster [517KB PDF]
  • Download a leaflet [534KB PDF]
  • Download the rights form – please include this when submitting your photos. [136KB PDF]

How to submit your photographs

  1. You must complete a form with your full name, phone number, and postal address. If applicable please include your library card number and email address.
  2. Ensure that you read the ‘terms and conditions’ below and then sign and date your form. Each photo must be accompanied by a signed form.
  3. Place your form and photograph into an envelope available from your local library. Ensure that you write your name and contact details (phone or email) on the front of the envelope and hand your completed form to a librarian.

Your entry will be delivered to the Digital Content & Serials Team where your photograph will be scanned. You will be contacted when your photo is ready to collect from the library where you submitted this form. Please indicate which library this is in the ‘Library location’ space on the form.

Copies of all photograph entries may be displayed in libraries and uploaded to Kete Christchurch ketechristchurch.peoplesnetworknz.info

Terms and conditions

  • Each image must be accompanied by a signed form. Contact details are only required once.
  • Copies of the photograph entries may also be displayed in the library and on the Christchurch City Libraries’ websites.
  • Photos will be transferred to Kete Christchurch for display. By submitting a photo you give permission for photos to be published under the license Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 New Zealand’s org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/nz/.
  • Entries that do not have full contact details on the form will not be considered.
  • Your name and images may be used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.
  • Christchurch City Libraries will not be responsible for any breaches of copyright or privacy that may occur.
  • Christchurch City Libraries reserve the right not to display all photographs.

When photographs have been scanned they will be returned to the library you submitted at, a librarian will contact you to arrange collection. Thank you for your assistance with building this community archive.

This week in Christchurch history (1 to 7 June)

1 June 1862
Hospital opens on site in Hagley Park. But only after the first vigorous “Hands off Hagley” protests by irate citizens.

1 June 1961
Television transmission begins from CHTV 3, Christchurch.

2 June 1874
“The Press” publishes an evening paper, “The Globe”, to compete with “The Star”. It became “The Telegraph”, then “The Truth”, then “Evening News”. Publication ceased in May 1917.

4 June 1864
Serious fire in Colombo Street destroys buildings between Hereford and Cashel Streets.

4 June 1866
Refurbished Royal Princess Theatre re-opens as the first Theatre Royal.

6 June 1905
First electric trams in operation. Unique in Australasia, they had front fenders as a safety feature because of the density of cycle traffic in Christchurch.

An electric tram crosses the Ferry Bridge over the Heathcote River on the road to Sumner, Christchurch [1909]
An electric tram crosses the Ferry Bridge over the Heathcote River on the road to Sumner, Christchurch [1909], CCL PhotoCD 2, IMG0045
7 June 1877
New Canterbury College (University) building opens. Designed by B.W. Mountfort, the building is now part of the Arts Centre.

Canterbury College, Christchurch, showing clock tower and Great Hall [ca. 1882], CCL PhotoCD 1, IMG0012
Canterbury College, Christchurch, showing clock tower and Great Hall [ca. 1882], CCL PhotoCD 1, IMG0012
More June events in the Christchurch chronology: a timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

This week in Christchurch history (25 to 31 May)

25 May 1861
“Christchurch Press” appears. The first editor was ex-Superintendent James FitzGerald, a bitter opponent of the proposed Lyttelton-Christchurch railway tunnel. He and supporters began the paper to air their views.

25 May 1903
Statue of Queen Victoria unveiled in Market Square, and the area is renamed Victoria Square.

Queen Victoria statue, 2007. Flickr: CCL-2013-01-15-DSC05886
Queen Victoria statue, 2007. Flickr: CCL-2013-01-15-DSC05886

25 May 1969
First pair of one-way streets (Lichfield and St Asaph Streets) in operation. With traffic signals eventually controlled by a computer, this was the beginning of New Zealand’s first area traffic control scheme.

26 May 1859
Public Library begins as the Mechanics Institute in Town Hall.

 

28 May 1840
Major Bunbury on HMS “Herald” visits Akaroa collecting signatures of Maori chiefs for the Treaty of Waitangi.

28 May 1955
First parking meters installed.

29 May 1967
Opening of the new Bank of New Zealand building in Cathedral Square.

30 May 1874
First rugby match played.

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

This week in Christchurch history (18 to 24 May)

18 May 1881
Christchurch Boys’ High School (designed by W.B. Armson) opens in Worcester Street. The school moved to the present Straven Road site in 1926, and the old building is now part of the Arts Centre.

Boys' High School, Worcester Street, Christchurch [ca. 1882], CCL PhotoCD 3, IMG0018
Boys’ High School, Worcester Street, Christchurch [ca. 1882], CCL PhotoCD 3, IMG0018
19 May 1910
Halley’s Comet visible by telescope in night sky. Prophesies of doom and superstition abounded while the comet was visible.

20 May 1861
Gold discovered in Gabriels Gully, Otago. As with other discoveries, the ensuing gold rush depleted the city of its more adventurous young men.

21 May 1866
City Council abandons the vital city drainage scheme because of its financial state. A huge shipment of pipes which had just arrived from England had to be sold off. This guaranteed Christchurch’s reputation as New Zealand’s most polluted and unhealthy city for another 20 years. It is interesting to compare the transport cost of these pipes from Glasgow to Lyttelton – £882 – with the cost from Lyttelton by lighter and cart to Christchurch – £400!

22-25 May 1988
Snow falls in Central City for first time in 10 years .

22 May 1868
William Rolleston becomes the fourth (and last) Superintendent of Canterbury. The 4 superintendents have been remembered in the names of the city’s “four avenues”, previously called the Town Belts.

Looking south down Rolleston Avenue to the Port Hills [ca. 1890], CCL PhotoCD 1, IMG0053
Looking south down Rolleston Avenue to the Port Hills [ca. 1890], CCL PhotoCD 1, IMG0053
23 May 1960
Tsunami (tidal wave) causes water level range of nearly 6 metres in 2 hours at Lyttelton.

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

This week in Christchurch history (11 to 17 May)

11 May 1891
Sumner Borough formed.

Sumner [1895], CCL PhotoCD 7, IMG0090
Sumner [1895], CCL PhotoCD 7, IMG0090
11 May 1908
Colosseum becomes the city’s first picture theatre. The building was claimed to have the largest wooden span in New Zealand. It had previously been a skating rink, a boot factory and a cab stand. It was demolished in 1931 to make way for New Regent Street.

13-15 May 1920
Visit of Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII).

One section of the unprecedented crowd in Latimer Square. The Weekly Press, 19 May 1920, p. 24
One section of the unprecedented crowd in Latimer Square. (Inset) The crowd in Cathedral Square before the Prince has passed on the way to the military review in Hagley Park. The Weekly Press, 19 May 1920, p. 24

14-15 May 1886
Flooding in city centre.

 

14 May 1868
“Lyttelton Times” publishes evening paper, The Star.

14 May 1907
Fire seriously damages the Antigua Street boatsheds.

14 May 1908
Municipal tepid baths in Manchester Street open. It was described as “the finest indoor swimming pool in Australasia”.

14 May 1947
Mabel Howard (Sydenham) becomes Minister of Health, the country’s first woman Cabinet Minister.

16 May 1975
Opening of Four Avenues, New Zealand’s first State alternative education school.

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

This week in Christchurch history (4 to 10 May)

4 May 1932
Christchurch Tramway strike. One of the bitterest in the city’s history, it lasted 16 days. There were many injuries and arrests among the strikers. The tram sheds were barricaded with barbed wire, and trams were fitted with wire mesh screens over their windows to ward off attacks.

Trams in Cathedral Square, Christchurch [1931]
Trams in Cathedral Square, Christchurch [1931]
CCL PhotoCD 10, IMG0016
4 May 1981
New southern arterial (Brougham Street to Curletts Road) opens.

5 May 1863
Christchurch Gas Company formed.

Photo of Australasian tennis team in the international competitions [1905], Anthony Wilding is standing dressed in white
Australasian tennis team in the international competitions [1905], Anthony Wilding is standing dressed in white, CCL PhotoCD 16, IMG0011
7 May 1917
Canterbury Aviation Company makes first flights from Sockburn Aerodrome, New Zealand’s first airport.

8 May 1975
New Zealand’s first mini roundabout in operation at the corner of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue.

8 May 1987
Sir Neil Isaac, founder of Peacock Springs Conservation Park, dies.

9 May 1915
Christchurch tennis star (4 times Wimbledon champion) Captain A. F. Wilding killed in action in Belgium.

10 May 1975
Ms Vicki Buck becomes the city’s (and New Zealand’s) youngest ever City Councillor at 19.

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