Christchurch is a city in the region of Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand which is frequently termed as probably the most English city beyond England. It’s also called the Garden City since it features a lot of beautiful gardens. The urban region carries a population of slightly below 400 000, which makes it the second largest city in New Zealand after Auckland. The Avon River goes through the centre of the city with numerous parks situated alongside its banks with Hagley Park being a central characteristic of Christchurch. In the middle of the city is Cathedral Square having the landmark Anglican church which happens to be currently being restored because of earthquake damages.

The Chrictchurch Tram

The farming and agricultural market is the commercial root of Christchurch and most of the first industry there were created to support that. Travel and leisure is now another major element for the local overall economy, with the city marketing itself as a gateway to the South Island with its amazing landscapes, skiing and also adventure tourism. Christchurch is also the hub for the Antarctic, with the city developing a long reputation of involvement in Antarctic investigation. There’s an International Antarctic Centre which provides both base facilities and a museum with a visitors centre. The US Navy makes use of Christchurch Airport as the take-off stage for the major supply path to its McMurdo and also Scott Bases that are in Antarctica.

You can find some research that individuals first settled in the Christchurch region in around 1250. Settlement took off at the start of 1840 following the purchasing of property in what is now Riccarton by the Weller family and a number of European settlers brought by Herriott and McGillivray set up themselves in what is now Christchurch, at the start of 1840. The Canterbury Association chartered The First Four Ships to convey 792 of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton Harbour. The sailing vessels were the Randolph, Charlotte Jane, Sir George Seymour, and Cressy. The Charlotte Jane came first upon 16 December 1850. The Canterbury Pilgrims were going to create a city about a cathedral dependant upon the framework of Christ Church in Oxford, England, hence the name of Christchurch.

A number of substantial incidents have molded Christchurch. In 1947, a fire transpired at Ballantyne’s Department Store within the central city with 41 individuals being killed in a blaze that burnt down the collection of structures. It is still New Zealand’s worst fire disaster. In between September 2010 and January 2012 the city suffered a series of major earthquakes with the worst happening on Tuesday 22 February 2011 with 185 people were killed and thousands of structures collapsing or experiencing critical damage. Following the earthquakes over 1500 structures in the city had been taken down, leading to a still continuing recovery and restoring project. The city did undergo some immediate growth after the recovery started. On 15 March 2019, 51 people were murdered during 2 terrorist attacks at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre by a white supremacist whom entered NZ from Australia. These terrorist attacks have been described by the Prime Minister of NZ, Jacinda Ardern as being “One of New Zealand’s darkest days”.


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