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" in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1906-12-31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Christchurch, NZ: All-NZ final; Antony Wilding beats Francis Fisher 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
  • 1912-01-03 10th International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Christchurch, NZ: Norman Brookes & Alfred Dunlop representing Australasia beat Americans Maurice McLoughlin & Beals Wright 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 to clinch final 3-0, ends 5-0
  • 1930-01-10 Commencement of NZ's 1st Test, v England in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 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

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1978-02-25 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham scores first Test century, 103 v New Zealand in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

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1980-02-26 New Zealand cricket captain Geoff Howarth 147 and Richard Hadlee 103 hold off West Indies pace quartet of Roberts, Garner, Holding and Croft during famous 2nd Test draw at Christchurch

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee

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1994-06-28 Jonah Lomu becomes the youngest-ever All Black at 19 yrs 45 days playing rugby for New Zealand against France in Christchurch

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 2002-05-25 Super Rugby Final, Jade Stadium, Christchurch: Crusaders win 4th title with a 31-13 thumping of the ACT Brumbies; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens boots 3 penalties, 2 conversions and a dropped goal for the winners
  • 2005-05-28 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders claim their 5th title with a 35-25 win over the NSW Waratahs; Dan Carter lands 3 conversions & 2 penalties for the winners
  • 2006-05-27 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders retain title with a 19-12 win over the Wellington Hurricanes; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties & a conversion for the winners
  • 2008-05-31 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders claim their 7th title with a 20-12 win over NSW Waratahs; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties & a dropped goal for the home team
  • 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
  • 2018-08-04 Super Rugby Final, AMI Stadium, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg; Crusaders' 9th SR title
  • 2019-03-15 Terrorist attack on two mosques by a right-wing Australian gunman kills 51 and wounds 50 in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2019-03-17 Facebook removes 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch mosque shootings in first 24 hrs after the attack, although only 1.2 million blocked at upload

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2019-03-21 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, 6 days after the Christchurch terrorist attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister
Jacinda Ardern
  • 2019-03-27 Facebook bans white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that Christchurch terrorist able to live-stream his attack
  • 2019-05-15 Five of world's biggest tech companies pledge to tackle extremist material at "The Christchurch Call" initiative in Paris hosted by Jacinda Ardern and Emmanuel Macron
  • 2019-07-06 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders win their 10th title with a 19-3 win over Argentina's Jaguares

Famous Birthdays

  • 1883-10-31 Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player (Wimbledon 1910-13), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1915)
  • 1895-04-23 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand detective writer and producer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • 1905-06-25 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the early 1930's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1984)
  • 1909-08-20 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)
  • 1912-05-24 Joan Hammond, Australian operatic soprano, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1913-08-29 Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder, Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • 1914-11-09 Colin Falkland Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1995)
  • 1924-08-28 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • 1927-07-18 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • 1930-07-25 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1985)
  • 1934-12-30 Barry Briggs, New Zealand speedway rider (World Champion 1957-58, 64, 66; British Championship 1961, 64-67, 69), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1936-04-23 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • 1938-05-26 Pauline Parker, New Zealand murderess (Parker–Hulme murder case), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1940-01-12 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1941-12-14 Barry Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (brother of Sir Richard & Dayle; NZ World Cup 1975), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1945-04-04 Bryan Andrews, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1947-03-09 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1948-01-06 Dayle Hadlee, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (brother of Sir Richard; NZ 26 Tests, 71 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1948-10-02 Robert Anderson, New Zealand cricket batsman (9 Tests; top score 92 1976), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1949-12-05 Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1950-05-04 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Person of interestRichard Hadlee

1951-07-03 Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (NZ 86 Tests, 3,124 runs, 431 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1960-02-15 Jock Hobbs [Michael James Bowie Hobbs], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1961-01-14 Robert Edwin Hall, New Zealand mountaineer & businessman, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1961-06-12 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1962-09-13 Brian Fowler, New Zealand cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1967-09-04 Darrin Murray, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1968-11-03 Lee Germon, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper and captain (12 Tests, 29 dismissals; 37 ODIs), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1971-10-22 Timothy Christopher Carswell, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1971-11-08 Anna Katrina Simcic, backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1974-09-03 Rebecca Bailey, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975-01-02 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (50 caps; captain 2002-03; Canterbury Crusaders), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1975-02-13 Mark Gerald Keddell, New Zealand 200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1976-09-13 Craig McMillan, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, coach and broadcaster (55 Tests; 197 ODIs), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1978-09-05 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1980-05-23 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1984-02-21 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1987-04-10 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano and UNICEF ambassador, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1987-09-19 Guy Williams, New Zealand comedian and TV personality (Jono and Ben), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1987-10-07 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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