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INTERNATIONAL HISTORY

The first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company Building, was built in Chicago, USA

LOCAL HISTORY

February 15 - The Dunedin sails from Port Chalmers bound for London with the first NZ Shipment of frozen meat. The "Canterbury lamb" on board originated from the Totara Estate south of Oamaru, in North Otago.

June 8,
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed in Christchurch

June 19 - First trials of electric lighting at Lyttelton wharves

The Woolston and Linwood town boards are formed.

The Antigua Boat Sheds open

June 8,
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals formed in Christchurch

Credit: Ch-Ch City Libraries

RACING HISTORY

The first trotting race meeting recorded in the Canterbury district was held in 1882 on the Lower Heathcote course opposite the Heathcote Arms Hotel. One of the good performers in those days was Jimmy Brown, a blind trotter who on one noteable occasion "lost the compass" and wound up in the Heathcote River.

Credit: R Bisman: A Salute to Trotting

 


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