Christchurch in History

Historical Events

  • 1856-07-31 Christchurch, New Zealand, is chartered as a city.
  • 1863-06-13 Samuel Butler publishes 1st part of "Erewhon", Christchurch, NZ
  • 1912-01-03 10th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Christchurch (5-0)
  • 1930-01-10 Commencement of NZ's 1st Test, v England Christchurch
  • 1930-01-10 Maurice Allom takes Test hat-trick England v NZ Christchurch
  • 1947-03-21 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • 1947-03-25 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)
  • 1951-03-17 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch
  • 1974-01-24 10th British Commonwealth Games open in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1974-02-02 10th British Commonwealth Games close in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1978-02-25 Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ Christchurch
  • 2011-02-22 An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
  • 2011-06-13 Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by another strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3

Famous Birthdays

  • 1912-05-24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1951-07-03 Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all rounder (431 wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1962-09-13 Brian Andrew Fowler, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1971-10-22 Timothy Christopher Carswell, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1971-11-08 Anna Katrina Simcic, backstroker (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1974-09-03 Rebecca Bailey, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975-02-13 Mark Gerald Keddell, 200m (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1979-10-09 Lydia Jane Lipscombe, breastroker (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1980-05-23 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Oly-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1871-07-21 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (24) weds general merchant Walter Allen Sheppard in Christchurch, New Zealand

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1925-08-25 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (78) weds printer and author William Sidney Lovell-Smith (72) in Christchurch, New Zealand