7 May 1917: Canterbury Aviation Company makes first flights from Sockburn Aerodrome

Canterbury (NZ) Aviation Co. Ltd  was formed in August 1916, and purchased land for a flying field 3 months later. The Company was chaired by Sir Henry Wigram, who had tried to have a state-backed flying school established and when that attempt failed,  decided - along with his fellow directors - to establish their own. By the end of December that year, […]

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Thanks Harry!

Thank you, Harry Ell. Without your dedicated work over many years, the residents and tourists in Christchurch wouldn't have the wonderful reserves of the Port Hills to walk, cycle and play in. Henry George Ell was a husband, father, soldier, stationer, politician, prohibitionist, conservationist, and was the driving force behind the establishment of the reserves […]

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Captain Anthony Wilding – Wimbledon champion, killed in action 9 May 1915

Captain Anthony Wilding was the first and - so far - the only New Zealander to win a Wimbledon championship. His record in the International Tennis Hall of Fame reads: Career Achievements Top Ranking World No. 1 (1911) Grand Slam Results 11-time major champion and 4-time finalist Olympics Bronze Medal in Men’s Indoor Singles at the […]

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