1939 in New Zealand

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1939 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1939 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,641,600 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1938: 23,300 (1.44%)
  • Males per 100 females: 103.0


Regal and viceregal


The 26th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


Arts and literature

See 1939 in art, 1939 in literature, Category:1939 books


See: 1939 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1939 film awards, 1939 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1939 films



  • Clarrie Gibbons wins the national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:44:56.2 on 11 March 1939 in Napier.


A second interprovincial championship is held even though there is still no national association.[7] (see 1938 and 1946)

  • Interpovincial Champions: Men - Wellington


  • The 48th National Chess Championship was held in Wanganui, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 5th title).[8]


Horse racing

Harness racing

Lawn bowls

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Auckland.[11]

  • Men's singles champion – W.C. Franks (Balmoral Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – J. Anchor, W.J. Robinson (skip) (Hamilton Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – C.F. Robertson, H. Franks, J.F. Benson, W.C. Franks (skip) (Balmoral Bowling Club)

Rugby union

Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks

Rugby league

New Zealand national rugby league team



Category:1939 births


Category:1939 deaths

See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  4. ^ Hensley, Gerald (2009). Beyond the Battlefield: New Zealand and its Allies 1939-45. Auckland: Penguin/Viking. p. 20. ISBN 9780670074044.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
  7. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  12. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.
  14. ^ Torpedo Billy Murphy - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia

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