This week in Christchurch history (3 – 9 November)

Photo of Fred Wood of England and W. Brown, Lancaster Park [ca. 1896]
Fred Wood of England and W. Brown, Lancaster Park [ca. 1896] CCL PhotoCD 1, IMG0074
4 November 1876
Night cycle races held at Lancaster Park. The experiment was not a success – the gas illumination was completely inadequate.

4 November 1989
Record crowd of 60,000 at Lancaster Park to see Irish Rock Band U2.

6 November 1830
Te Rauparaha‘s war party massacres the inhabitants of Akaroa and returns to Kapiti Island.

6 November 1852
First Canterbury sitting of the Supreme Court at Lyttelton.

6 November 1899
Addington Raceway holds inaugural meeting.

6 November 1918
Beginning of the influenza epidemic which was eventually to kill 466 people in Christchurch.

Photo of the medicine depot in Cathedral Square 1918

The medicine depot in Cathedral Square where the Government standard influenza medicine was supplied [1918] Christchurch City Libraries, CCL PhotoCD 2, IMG0050

8 November 8 1956
Last trolley bus runs.

9 November 1933
Mrs E. R. McCombs (Lyttelton) becomes the first woman MP in New Zealand.

More November events in the Chronology.

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