Lyttelton       1876 - 1899

 

A Lyttelton Heritage Project 

1876 - Second Freemason's Hall completed.

 Easterly aspect, 1877, Masonic Lodge at Left.  (1024 x 509 px)

1876 - Dec 23 - Lyttelton Timeball Station completed. History of the Timeball Station

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1877 - Jan 18 - First meeting of the Lyttelton Harbour Board.

1880 - Battery Point coastal defence structures were set up to protect the country against three different threats of invasion, during the 1880s Russian scare.

1880 - Godley House, built at Diamond Harbour by Harvey Hawkins, a Lyttelton ships' chandler.

 Godley House, 2005.  (565 x 405 px)

1880 - New Zealand's oldest working Police Station completed. It occupies the site originaly allocated for the Town Hall on the North side of Sumner Road near the intersection with London and Oxford Streets.

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1882 - Gladstone Pier Light completed.

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1882 - Jun 19 - First trials of electric lighting at Lyttelton wharves. 

1883 - Jan 3 - New Zealand Shipping Company's Hurunui, first ship to enter the new graving dock.

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1883 - Jan 26 - New Zealand Shipping Company begins direct steam service to the United Kingdom.

1883 - April 8 - First shipment of frozen Canterbury lamb leaves for the United Kingdom on the British King.

1883 - Freezing Hulk Edwin Fox lying in port.  She returned under tow from Port Chalmers on January 14, 1889 http://www.nzmaritime.co.nz/edwinfox.htm

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1885 - April - The Russian scare leads to building of gun emplacements around Lyttelton Harbour.

1886 - John Gibb (1831-1909), a Maritime Artist, who had immigrated from Scotland ten years earlier, renders a Northerly aspect of Erskine Bay.

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1888 - Fort Jervois completed on Ripapa Island, with convict labour, as a result of the 1885 "Russian scare".

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1888 - Jan 26 - The Shaw Savill emigrant ship May Queen originally cost £22,000. Her career ended on the rocks in Lyttelton Harbour as a £7 wreck. May Queen's History.

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1895 - Apr 23 - Regular passenger service to Wellington begun by  the ill-fated Penguin.

1888 - May - Population: 5,000 (Christchurch: 30,179). Source: The Pocket Gazetteer of the World, Bartholomew J. G., London, 1889.

1891 - April - The steam ship Kahu commences a regular run to the Chatham Islands.

1895 - Apr 1 -  The S.S. Penguin commenced a regular passenger service to Wellington, with two return trips a week. She was lost 1909.

1750 - 18751900 - 1950 - 1951 - 2006