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…
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How NOT to build a bomb shelter

In 2011, author Leonie Thorpe told us her memories of building a bomb shelter in Lyttelton: I’m not sure whether nuclear weapons were on the curriculum of every New Zealand primary school in 1979, but they were at Lyttelton Main. Someone wanted to blow up the world with an H bomb, and our little township…
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