Timeline- History of Canterbury and District

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Date Event
1770 Captain Cook's officers make first explorations of Cooks River.
1789 Cooks River explored to the vicinity of Canterbury by Captain John Hunter.
1793 100 acres granted to Rev. Richard Johnson and named "Canterbury Vale".
1795 First crop of wheat on Canterbury Farm.
1798 First known use of the name "Cook's River".
1800 A vineyard, orange, nectarine, peach and apricot trees, and 24 acres of crops at Canterbury Farm, 150 sheep, and 30 men working, after Johnson sold to William Cox.
1802 Birth of Joseph Ward, believed to have been the first white child born at Canterbury.
1803 Robert Campbell purchased Canterbury Farm.
1804 500 acres granted to Hannah Laycock and named "King's Grove Farm".
1809 Attack by aborigines on Bond's Farm at present-day Punchbowl.
1810 Governor Macquarie visited Kingsgrove and Canterbury.
1833 Cornelius Prout commenced a punt across Cooks River at Canterbury.
1834 Murderers of Dr. Wardell of Petersham captured on the farm of the late Judge Stephen on the Punchbowl road.
1840 Bridges built across Cooks River at Canterbury (Prout's) and Tempe (Unwin's).
1841 Canterbury village commenced.
Canterbury Sugar Works opened.
Wesleyans erected a church and commenced a school at Canterbury.
Kingsgrove Farm subdivided for sale.
1843 The "Canterbury Arms" becomes the district's first licensed inn.
1846 Canterbury Village population 218, with 65 Houses.
1849 First Church of England Service at Canterbury.
1851 Moorfields Methodist Church opened.
Canterbury Village population 473.
1853 Prout's Bridge incident, involving John Chard.
1854 Canterbury Road proclaimed as a Parish Road and proposed to extend it to Punchbowl Road.
1855 Tompson's Bridge opened(Undercliffe).
Sugar works closed.
1858 Opening of first Canterbury Post Office.
1860 Consecration of St. Paul's Church of England, Canterbury.
1861 Canterbury Village population declined to 319.
1862 Moorfields Public School opened.
1869 A wagonette was carrying passengers from Canterbury Village to Sydney.
Belmore Church (now St. Saviour's Church of England, Punchbowl) opened.
Belmore Public School opened at present day Punchbowl.
1870 First Kingsgrove Post Office opened, probably on Bexley Road, Near Homer Street.
1871 Canterbury Village population 535.
1872 Essex Hill school, on Punchbowl Road, opened in Congregational Church; to operate as a half time school with Belmore.
1878 Canterbury Church of England School closed and Canterbury Public School established.
Methodist Church opened at present day Earlwood.
3000 people attended Queen's Birthday Cup at Canterbury Racecourse.
1879 Canterbury Municipality incorporated.
School at Essex Hill and Belmore closed, new Belmore school opened at Wiley Park.
Belmore Post Office opened, at present day Wiley Park.
1881 Population of Municipality 1175.
1885 Campsie Park Estate advertised for sale.
First garbage service.
1886 Gas supply extended into Municipality.
1888 First savings bank opened.
1889 Water piped into Canterbury.
Canterbury Town Hall in Canterbury Road, between Canton Street and Howard Street, opened.
1891 Population in Municipality 2426.
1894 St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Canterbury, opened.
1895 Railway from Sydenham to Belmore opened.
1900 Coursing ground established adjacent to Belmore Station.
1901 Population of Municipality 4226; 935 buildings.
1903 Belmore North Public School opened.
1904 Army encampment held at Canterbury-Campsie, Easter weekend.
First local newspaper, "The Alert", established.
1906 Municipality extended to Salt Pan Creek
1908 Campsie Public School opened.
1909 Railway extended from Belmore to Lakemba, Punchbowl and Bankstown.
1910 Campsie Picture Palace Co. opened a cinema in Campsie.
1911 "Fern Hill" changed to "Hurlstone Park".
Population of Municipality 11,335, with 2329 buildings.
1913 Lakemba Public School transferred to present site, replacing school at Wiley Park, formerly called Belmore.
Electricity extended to Municipality.
1915 First motor bus service in Municipality.
1916 Goods line, Lidcombe, Enfield Yards, Campsie, Dulwich Hill, Rozelle opened. Earlwood Public School opened.
1917 Belmore South Public School opened replacing Moorefields Public School.
1918 First Secondary school (Canterbury Boys' Intermediate High) in the Municipality.
1921 Tram service extended from Hurlstone Park to Canterbury.
Population of Municipality 37,639 with 8225 occupied dwellings.
1924 Tram service extended from Undercliffe to Earlwood.
1926 Bankstown line electrified.
1926-1929 Public Schools opened at Canterbury South, under name of Clemton Park, Hurlstone Park South, Ashbury, Undercliffe, Punchbowl, McCallum's Hill and Clemton Park.
1929 Canterbury House demolished.
Canterbury District Hospital opened.
1931 Railway from Tempe to East Hills opened/
1933 Population of Municipality 79,050, with 18,551 occupied dwellings.
1938 Wiley Park Railway Station opened.
1943 Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt (wife of U.S. President) visited the American Army Hospital, Herne Bay, (now Riverwood).
1947 Population of Municipality 99,396, with 24,537 occupied dwellings.
1948 Kingsgrove Bus Depot opened.
1954 Population of Municipality 109,871, with 29,923 occupied dwellings.
1956 Kingsgrove gasometer exploded.
1961 Trams to Earlwood replaced by buses.
Population of Municipality 113,820, with 31,903 occupied dwellings.
1963 Council administrative building at Campsie opened. Old Town Hall demolished.
1965 Roselands Shopping Centre opened on site of Belmore House.
1966 Population of Municipality 115,802, with 34,575 occupied dwellings.
1971 Population of Municipality 130,446, with 41,165 occupied dwellings.
1976 Population of Municipality 128,669, with 43,937 occupied dwellings.
1977 John Mountford elected as Mayor -- 1977-1980
1979 Celebration of Centenary of local government in the Municipality.
1980 Kevin Moss elected as Mayor -- 1980-1984
1984 John Gorrie elected as Mayor -- 1984-1995
1986 A new Canterbury City Library was officially opened/
1987 The district of Roselands was named after Roselands Shopping Centre, and officially became a suburb in its own right on 9 February 1987, after some years of agitation by local residents and members of parliament. It was previously part of Punchbowl, and retains the same postcode as Punchbowl: 2196.
1993 The Local Government Area of Canterbury attained City status, and became known as Canterbury City Council.
"Canterbury 200" celebrated, the biecentennary of the first land grant in Canterbury.
1995
2001 Suburb of Clemton Park gazetted. In response to lobbying by residents, council supported an application to the Geographical Names Board to create a new suburb of Clemton Park from sections of South Campsie and Belmore South. The suburb is bounded by the area between William Street, Kingsgrove Road, Bexley Road and Cup and Saucer Creek.
2003 Robert Furolo elected as Mayor -- 2003 - 2011
2011 Brian Robson elected as Mayor -- 2011
2016 The city was amalgamated with the City of Bankstown on the 12 May 2016, forming Canterbury-Bankstown Council. Richard Colley was appointed as the Administrator, and Matthew Stewart appointed the Interim General Manager.