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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-02-25 British cricketer Ian Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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

  • 1895-04-23 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand detective writer and producer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 1930-07-25 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1985)
  • 1936-04-23 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • 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
  • 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 Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all rounder (431 wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

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)
  • 1962-09-13 Brian Andrew Fowler, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 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
  • 1975-02-13 Mark Gerald Keddell, New Zealand 200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1978-09-05 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1979-10-09 Lydia Jane Lipscombe, breastroker (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1980-05-23 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), 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

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