Canterbury Croquet Association formed – This week in History 31 July – 6 August

The Canterbury Croquet Association (New Zealand’s first such regional association) formed on the third of August in 1910. The founding clubs were Ashburton, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, St. Albans, Sumner, Temuka, Timaru and United Clubs. Templeton also joined in September that first year. The Association formed to organise more inter-club tournaments and to raise the profile of…
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Open air classrooms opened at Fendalton Primary School – This week in History 24-30 July

The first open air classroom at Fendalton Primary School was officially opened on the 26th of July 1924 by Mr E.H. Andrews, a member of the Canterbury Education Board. Professor Shelley, who was Professor of Education at Canterbury College, also gave an opening address encouraging the school and committee to continue the project. This first…
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Week in History 17-23 July – The “Monty tour” arrives in Christchurch 70 years ago

Those of us who remember a certain movie from the 1990's may jump to particular conclusions of what the "Monty tour" may be. It actually was the 1947 tour of Australasia by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Born in 1887 and active in both the First and Second World Wars, he…
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King Edward Barracks construction begins – This week in history 10-16 July

The Foundation stone for the King Edward Barracks was laid on the 13th of July 1905 by the Right Hon. R.J. Seddon, Premier and Defence Minister, though construction had already started. The official ceremony narrowly missed being delayed as there had been an accident with the Foundation Stone: a special saw had been required for…
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This week in Christchurch history (21 to 27 December)

21 December 1877 New Christchurch railway station opens. 22 December 1885 Statue of William Moorhouse unveiled in the Botanic Gardens. 23 December 1876 Lyttelton time-ball station in operation. Its time signals to shipping were superseded by radio signals in 1934. 24 December 1864 First gas street lights. 24 December 1953 4 Christchurch victims among 151…
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