Christchurch-born George Chaney served with the Canterbury Regiment at Passchendaele. He was killed in action on 29 November 1917, aged 31, and is commemorated at the Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial at Polygon Wood in Belgium.
The 10th Commonwealth Games, held in Christchurch in January 1974, was an odd coupling of 1970s cosmic harmony and cut-throat competition. The song that caught the mood of this was Steve Allen’s ‘Join together’.
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.