1899 in New Zealand

1899 in New Zealand


Regal and Vice Regal

*Head of State - Queen Victoria
*Governor - The Earl of Ranfurly GCMG [Statistics New Zealand: "New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990". ISSN 0078-0170 page 52]

Government and law

The Liberal Party is re-elected and forms the 14th New Zealand Parliament. The number of MPs is increased to 80.

*Speaker of the House - Sir Maurice O'Rorke
*Prime Minister - Richard Seddon
*Minister of Finance - Richard Seddon
*Chief Justice - Sir Robert Stout replaced Hon Sir James Prendergast

Parliamentary opposition

* Leader of the Opposition - William Russell, (Independent). [Cite web|url=http://www.elections.org.nz/democracy/leaders-opposition.html|title=Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition|accessdate=2008-04-06]

Main centre leaders

*Mayor of Auckland - David Goldie
*Mayor of Christchurch - Charles Louisson
*Mayor of Dunedin - William Swan followed by Robert Chisholm
*Mayor of Hamilton - William Dey followed by George Edgecumbe
*Mayor of Wellington - John Rutherford Blair


* 28 September: Prime Minister Richard Seddon asks Parliament to approve the offer to the imperial government of a contingent of mounted rifles and the raising of such a force if the offer were accepted and thus becoming the first British Colony to send troops to the Boer war. The first New Zealand Army contingent leaves for South Africa before the end of the year.
* 2 November: Balloonist David Maloney (alias Captain Charles Lorraine) is blown out to see after taking off from Lancaster Park. The balloon crashes into the sea and although Maloney is seen to survive by the time rescuers arrive there is no sign of him and his body is never found.New Zealand Herald, 2 November, 1999. Looking Back.] This is the first aviation fatality in New Zealand. [http://www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAndSky/SeaAndAirTransport/AirCrashes/3/en Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Accidents and the development of aviation] ]
* 6 December: General election.
* 19 December: Māori vote for the general election.


* The Government legislates that from 1900 Labour Day will be a public holiday.
* British expedition led by Carstens Borchgrevink, including several New Zealanders, establishes first base in Antarctica, at Cape Adare

Arts and literature


Appointments and awards

*Primate of New Zealand - William Garden Cowie (Bishop of Auckland)
*Bishop of Christchurch - Churchill Julius
*Bishop of Dunedin - Samuel Tarratt Nevill
*Bishop of Nelson - Charles Oliver Mules
*Bishop of Waiapu - William Leonard Williams
*Bishop of Wellington - Frederick Wallis



= [http://www.athletics.org.nz/Resource.aspx?ID=973 National Champions, Men] =

*100 yards - George Smith (Auckland)
*250 yards - W. Kingston (Otago)
*440 yards - W. Kingston (Otago)
*880 yards - C. Hill (Hawkes Bay)
*1 mile - S. Pentecost (Canterbury)
*3 miles - P. Malthus (South Canterbury)
*120 yards hurdles - George Smith (Auckland)
*440 yards hurdles - George Smith(Auckland)
*Long jump - R. Brownlee (Otago)
*High jump - R. Brownlee (Otago)
*Pole vault - Jimmy Te Paa (Auckland)
*Shot put - O. McCormack (Otago)
*Hammer throw - W. Madill (Auckland)



*National amateur champion (men) - A. Duncan (Wellington)
*National amateur champion (women) - K. Rattray (Otago)

Horse racing

*New Zealand Cup winner - Seahorse
*New Zealand Derby winner - Seahorse
*Auckland Cup winner - Blue Jacket
*Wellington Cup winner - Daunt
*Top New Zealand stakes earner - Screw Gun
*Leading flat jockey - C. Jenkins:"see also ."


*Savile Cup winners - Oroua


National Champions (Men)

*Coxed fours - Picton
*Coxless pairs - Wellington
*Double sculls - Star
*Single sculls - P. Graham (North Shore)

Rugby Union

Provincial club rugby champions include: :"see also "


Ballinger Belt - Bandmaster W. King (Oamaru Rifles)


National champions (Men)

*100 yards frestyle - T. Edwards (Canterbury)
*220 yards frestyle - J. Hamilton (Wellington)


National championships

*Men's singles - C. Cox
*Women's singles - Kathleen Nunneley
*Men's doubles - C. Cox and J. Collins
*Women's doubles - Kathleen Nunneley and C. Lean


*25 March: Burt Munro, record-setting motorcyclist
*26 July: Charles William "Bill" Hamilton, inventor of the jetboat.

* Philip Connolly, politician.
* Philip Skoglund, politician. "New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840-1984" by J. O. Wilson (1985, Government Printer, Wellington) ]


* Thomas McDonnell, public servant and military leader.

ee also

*List of years in New Zealand
*Timeline of New Zealand history
*History of New Zealand
*Military history of New Zealand
*Timeline of environmental history of New Zealand
*Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica

"For world events and topics in 1899 not specifically related to New Zealand see": 1899


* Romanos, J. (2001) "New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists." Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7;Specific

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