Christchurch – this week in history (9 – 15 March)

10 March 1963
Concerts by jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong.

10 March 1907
Foundation stone laid for the Cashmere sanitorium. Poet James K. Baxter was an undistinguished employee in the 1940s.

11 March 1899
Railway accident at Rakaia kills 4 and injures 22. The 2 trains which collided were crowded with Islington freezing workers returning from an excursion. The accident led to dramatic improvements in railway signals, braking systems and safety equipment.

12-15 March 1927
Visit of Duke of York (later King George VI). View articles and images on DigitalNZ.

HRH Duke of York inspecting Sockburn Aerodrome, 15 March 1927
Photographer: Robert Percy Moore
HRH Duke of York inspecting Sockburn Aerodrome, 15 March 1927
Panoramic negative
Reference No. Pan-0064-F
Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

14 March 1987
Te Maori” exhibition opens at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery. Over a nine week period, 147,012 people visited.

15 March 1856
The Christchurch Club formed.

15 March 1982
City Council resolution declares Christchurch City a nuclear weapons free zone.

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