new brighton

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Seaside Christchurch suburb on the sandy beach of Pegasus Bay. In 1894 New Brighton gained a pier, like Brighton in England. This was demolished in 1965, but there is a concrete replacement. From 1887, trams brought city folk to the beach. From the 1950s, houses spread south down the Brighton Spit.

Meaning of place name
When James Edward FitzGerald, acting superintendent of Canterbury, paid a visit to the run, a settler called William Fee hastily chalked 'New Brighton' on a piece of wood and nailed it over the sawpit where he was working, probably because Stephen Brooker, another settler, had been born in Brighton.