1891 in New Zealand

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1891 in New Zealand

Decades:
See also:

The following lists events that happened during 1891 in New Zealand.

Incumbents

Regal and viceregal

Government and law

Following their victory in the 1890 election the Liberal Government forms the 11th New Zealand Parliament, taking office on 24 January. This is the first time a single political party forms a government in New Zealand.

The new Liberal Government restricts future terms of appointment to the Legislative Council to 7 years. Previous appointments have been for life.

Parliamentary opposition

Leader of the OppositionJohn Ballance (Liberal Party) until 23 June, then John Bryce (Independent) until 31 August, then William Rolleston (Independent).[1]

Main centre leaders

Events

  • 13 January — The first public phonograph performance in New Zealand is made at Christchurch.[2][3]
  • 17 March — The S.S. Alice is the first mechanically powered vessel to pass through Ohau Channel and the first to operate on Lake Rotoiti. Among the passengers are Governor Onslow and Lady Onslow.[4] (see also 1889)

Arts and literature

Music

Sport

Athletics

  • 12 August Godfrey Shaw sets the first (unofficial) world record by a New Zealander. He runs 57.2 seconds for 440 yards hurdles at the Isle of Man.[5][6]

National Champions, Men The 440 yards hurdles is held for the first time.

  • 100 yards — J. King (Wellington) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
  • 250 yards — J. King (Wellington) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
  • 440 yards — J. Hutchison (Auckland) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
  • 880 yards — Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
  • 1 mile — Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
  • 3 miles — Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
  • 120 yards hurdles — Harold Batger (Wellington)
  • 440 yards hurdles — Harold Batger (Wellington)
  • Long jump — T. Upfill (Auckland)
  • High jump — tie J. Hume (Wellington) and E. Laurie (Auckland)
  • Pole vault — T. Upfill (Auckland)
  • Shot put — Timothy O’Connor (Auckland)

Chess

National champion: R.J Barnes of Wellington [7]

Boxing

Horse racing

Harness racing

Thoroughbred racing

Season leaders (1890/91)

  • Leading flat jockey — G. Collelo

Lawn bowls

Dissatisfied with their remoteness from the national association the North Island clubs and those from Nelson form a separate Northern Bowling Association. National Champions[10]

  • Singles — G. White (Milton)
  • Fours — D. Campbell, W. Weir, D. Mackie and W. Carswell (skip) (Taieri)

Polo

The New Zealand Polo Association is formed from clubs in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Rangitikei, North Canterbury and Waikari.[6]

  • Savile Cup winners — Christchurch

Rowing

National Champions (Men)

  • Single sculls — W. Bridson (Wellington)
  • Double sculls — Star
  • Coxless pairs — Wellington
  • Coxed fours — Wellington

Rugby union

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand

Shooting

  • Ballinger Belt — Private C. Kruse (Wanganui Rifles)

Soccer

Provincial Champions:[11] — This is the first year any provincial championship is recorded. Auckland commenced in 1892.

  • Wellington: Petone Wanderers

Swimming

National champions (Men)

  • 100 yards frestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 440 yards frestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 880 yards frestyle — H. Nicholson (Auckland)

Tennis

National championships

  • Men's singles — J. Marshall
  • Women's singles — J. Rees
  • Men's doubles — R. Harman and F. Wilding
  • Women's doubles — K. Hitchings and E. Gordon

Births

Deaths

  • 20 July: (in London, England) Frederick Weld, politician and governor.

See also

References

General
  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
Specific
  1. ^ "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  2. ^ Christchurch City Libraries - Christchurch: A chronology
  3. ^ Sutherland, A. New Zealand Famous Firsts and Related Records. 1961
  4. ^ Woodenboatparade: S.S. Alice
  5. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  6. ^ a b Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists entirely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
  11. ^ New Zealand - List of Champions

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