CBHS Timeline

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1815 - approx First Europeans land in Canterbury

  • 1840 - Treaty of Waitangi is signed
  • 1843 - John and William Deans establish a farm at Riccarton
  • 1850 - Christchurch established
  • 1873 - Canterbury College (University) established
  • 1881
    • School established at Arts Centre. 82 boys, 7 masters.
    • School sports at Lancaster Park
  • 1883 - First monitors appointed. Military Cadet Corps formed
  • 1903 - Form Masters and school blazers introduced
  • 1908 - Deans Scholar Medal awarded in honour of Robert Deans - "Scholar, Sportsman and Gentleman"
  • 1912Old Boys' Association formed
  • 1914
    • School farewells Old Boys to First World War.
    • 786 served with 140 losing their lives
    • School Song written
  • 1916 - First Anzac Service in (original) Big Room – Arts Centre
  • 1917Adams House opened. First Old Boy Rhodes Scholar
  • 1926 - School to its present 28 acre site. Memorial Shrine unveiled
  • 1935 - Parent-Teacher Association formed
  • 19391600 Old Boys, 11 staff serve in WW2. 200 lose their lives
  • 1952 - Caddick Wing (M1 to M7) opened
  • 1956 - Old Boys gift World War 2 memorials (Hall entry)
  • 1966 - Parent Evenings and Leavers' Dinner established
  • 1970 - Final School Cadet parade - shortage of funds
  • 1975 - Charles Caldwell Block (C1 – C14) opened
  • 1980 - 56 Old Boys around the world are university professors
  • 1987 - Main Block earthquake strengthening. Reopened 1990
  • 1990 - First Board of Trustees is elected
  • 1997 - New School Hall is opened
  • 1998Wilson Library is opened
  • 2003 - Mr Croudis retires and Mr McIntyre appointed
  • 2005 - Prince William visits the School
  • 2006 - 1st XI and 1st XV hold national titles – also 2004, 2005
  • 2007 - Governor-General attends Founders’ Day Assembly
  • 2009 - Swine flu pandemic during Term 2
  • 2010 - September 7.1 earthquake. Wide damage. 5 days off school.
  • 2011 - February 6.3 quake kills 181. June quake causes further damage. Snow. 20 days off school
  • 2012 - Headmaster Trevor McIntyre leaves to assist in the post-quake restructuring of education delivery in Christchurch.
  • 2013 - Mr Hill appointed Headmaster
  • 2015 - John Morrissey Grandstand officially opened 28 May
  • 2017 - New Hall officially opened (date tba)