Events In History
22 February 2011Christchurch earthquake kills 185
On Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 12.51 p.m. Christchurch was badly damaged by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, which killed 185 people and injured several thousand. Read more...
4 September 2010Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks Canterbury
The earthquake struck at 4.35 a.m. on Saturday 4 September and was felt by many people in the South Island and the southern North Island. There was considerable damage in central Canterbury, especially in Christchurch, but no loss of life. Read more...
25 January 1974First day of competition at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games
On the opening day of what were billed as the 'Friendly Games', Canterbury runner Dick Tayler pulled off a surprise victory for the host nation in the 10,000 m. Read more...
23 November 1947Civic funeral for 41 Ballantyne's fire victims
On 18 November 1947 Ballantyne's, a Christchurch department store that was a local institution, was razed by one of the worst fires in New Zealand's history. The bodies of the 41 victims were buried at Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Bromley, after a civic funeral. Read more...
26 December 1879Sectarian violence in Canterbury
In Christchurch, 30 Irishmen attacked an Orange procession with pick-handles, while in Timaru 150 men from Thomas O'Driscoll's Hibernian Hotel surrounded Orangemen and prevented their procession taking place. Read more...
25 May 1861The Press goes to press
Published from a cottage in Montreal Street, the first edition was a six-page tabloid which sold for sixpence. Read more...
While attending Christchurch Girls' High School, Pauline Parker met Juliet Hulme and formed the friendship that was to radically change the course of both their lives. In 1954, the pair were convicted of murder in a sensational case.Read more...
When New Zealanders go to the polls on 26 November 2011, they will continue a 158-year-old tradition of parliamentary democracy in this country. Politics may have changed beyond recognition since 1853, but the cut and thrust of the campaign trail, the power of advertising, and the drama of polling day remain as relevant as ever.
- Page 4 - Nights on the townAfter the colour and controversy of the 1850s, election days in New Zealand have generally been orderly affairs. Even so, election nights could still be lively
When four young Liverpool musicians landed in Wellington on a lazy Sunday afternoon in June 1964, seven days of pandemonium erupted. Young New Zealanders flocked in their thousands to hear or just catch a glimpse of the famous 'Fab Four'.
- Page 5 - South IslandThe Beatles' concerts in Dunedin on 26 June were some of the wildest of the New Zealand
The passion and parochialism of provincial rugby has helped to give the game a special place in New Zealand’s social and sporting history. Read brief histories, highlights and quirky facts for each of New Zealand's 26 regional rugby teams.
- Page 24 - Canterbury rugbyHistory and highlights of rugby in the Canterbury
- 1913 strike
- WW1 stories
- george chaney
- passchendaele offensive
- historic places
- air transport
- kate sheppard
- suffrage campaign
- national council of women
- peace celebrations
- paul pascoe
- air force
- royal new zealand air force
- commonwealth games
- music month
- whanganui city
- gallipoli campaign
- douglas deans
- container shipping
- ballantynes fire
- queen elizabeth
- royal tours
- state housing
- south african war
- queen victoria
- influenza pandemic
- anthony wilding
- joseph kinsey
- port hills
- empire day
- christchurch boys high
- robert scott
- port chalmers
- pauline parker
- william trethewey
A company sponsored by the Church of England founded the planned settlement of Christchurch in 1850. Its picturesque Gothic-revival architecture and early demographic composition earned Christchurch a reputation as the most English of New Zealand’s cities. A series of significant earthquakes over 2010-12 caused the deaths of 185 people in Christchurch, and a third of the central city’s buildings are expected to be demolished as a result of the quake.