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A & P Show

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The first agricultural show in Canterbury was held on 14 September 1859 at a farm by the Rangitata River. The agricultural show was first held in Christchurch in 1862 just north of Latimer Square. The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association was founded in 1863 and the association bought a showground in Sydenham which became Sydenham Park in 1894. When this site became too small, the Canterbury A&P Association bought a site in Addington.

By 1918, the Friday of Show Week had become People’s Day at the Show. Some time between 1955 and 1958, the official holiday for the anniversary day of the province was moved from 16 December (the date of the arrival of the First Four Ships) to People’s Day (the second Friday in November).
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Around the Square

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Cathedral Square is not, in fact, a square but a cross. It became central to coming to town as shops and roads developed and also became the central point for public transport. Many lively events were held there over the years from official organised events to buskers and those on their soapbox.
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Arts Centre

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The Arts Centre is on the former Canterbury University site. The university outgrew the site and in 1978 the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board was created. It was formed to receive the ownership of, and administer in perpetuity, the old University town site. Government approval to preserve the historic buildings was granted for the multipurpose use of the whole site as an arts centre.
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Band Rotundas

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Band rotundas were built in many public spaces across Christchurch to create permanent outdoor locations for the numerous bands to play in and to help to project their music into the surrounding area. The rotundas also provided a space for public speeches and commemorations.
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Botanic Gardens

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The establishment of Town Reserves, Hagley Park and the Government Domain (now the Botanic Gardens) was included as part of the Canterbury Association’s plan for the settlement of Christchurch.