8 December 1843
Greenwood brothers (James and Joseph) settle at Purau, Lyttelton Harbour.
9 December 1867
Lyttelton railway tunnel was the first in the world to be drilled through a volcano rim. It was New Zealand’s first tunnel, and at the time was described as one of the longest in the world, yet had been planned and financed by this tiny colonial settlement whose population was just over 9000, (6,647 in Christchurch and 2,510 in Lyttelton.)
10 December 1989
Sunday trading begins in Christchurch.
12 December 1849
New Zealand Company agrees to reserve two and a half million acres as a site for the Canterbury settlement.
13 December 1942
Premiere in Christchurch of Landfall in Unknown Seas by Douglas Lilburn and Allen Curnow.