Historic Christchurch mansion demolished

3:43 pm on 26 February 2011

One of Christchurch's oldest wooden mansions was being demolished, having suffered damage in the earthquake.

The 156-year-old house, Hambledon, was the first built in Bealey Avenue and was constructed by George Gould of the Pyne Gould Guinness Company.

The owners watched in tears as the damaged historic house was pulled down for safety reasons.

The antiques, collectables and furniture were left inside because it was too dangerous to try to recover anything.

Timeball Station damaged

The historic Timeball Station in Lyttelton is among buildings damaged on Tuesday.

The Historic Places Trust describes the building as one of the few of its kind left in the world.

An example of Victorian technology, the Timeball Station is today one of only five in the world known to be still in working order, and a rare piece of maritime history.