1889 in New Zealand

1889 in New Zealand


Regal and Vice Regal

*Head of State - Queen Victoria
*Governor – The term of Lieutenant-General Sir William Jervois ends on 23 March. The Earl of Onslow takes up the position of Governor on 2 May.

Government and law

The 10th Parliament continues.

*Speaker of the House - Maurice O'Rorke.
*PremierHarry Atkinson.
*Minister of FinanceHarry Atkinson.
*Chief Justice - Hon Sir James Prendergast

Parliamentary opposition

Leader of the Opposition - John Ballance (Liberal Party). [Cite web|url=http://www.elections.org.nz/democracy/leaders-opposition.html|title=Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition|accessdate=2008-04-06] This is the first year in which there is a recognised opposition leader.

Main centre leaders

*Mayor of Auckland - Albert Devore followed by John Upton
*Mayor of Christchurch - Charles Louisson
*Mayor of Dunedin - Hugh Gourley followed by John Tonkin Roberts
*Mayor of Hamilton - Isaac Coates followed by William Jones followed by Isaac Coates
*Mayor of Wellington - John Duthie


*21 January - American "Professor" Baldwin makes the first balloon ascent in New Zealand at Dunedin. [http://www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAndSky/RecreationSeaAndSky/AerialRecreation/1/en Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Ballooning] ]
*2 December - The S.S. "Alice", the first mechanically powered vessel on the Rotorua Lakes, is launched. [http://www.woodenboatparade.co.nz/SS%20Alice.htm Woodenboatparade: S.S. Alice] ] [It is not clear if the "Alice" was actually operating on Lake Rotorua in 1889 or started the following year.]

Arts and literature

Reputedly the first science fiction novel written by a New Zealander, "Anno Domini 2000 - A Woman's Destiny" by former Premier Julius Vogel is published.


Appointments and awards

In August Bishop Harper resigns as Bishop of Dunedin, and therefore Primate of New Zealand, his resignation to take effect from March the following year. [http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/H/HarperRightRevHenryJamesChitty/HarperRightRevHenryJamesChitty/en Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966 - Biography of Right Rev. Henry John Chitty Harper] ] Bishop Hadfield is chosen as the next Primate of New Zealand, the validity of a decision to make such a choice before Bishop Harper's resignation would take effect being questioned by Bishop Suter. [http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/alt_essayBody.asp?essayID=2S52 Dictionary of New Zealand Bigraphy - Andrew Burn Suter] ]

*Primate of New Zealand - Henry John Chitty Harper (Bishop of Christchurch)
*Bishop of Auckland - William Garden Cowie
*Bishop of Dunedin - Samuel Tarratt Nevill
*Bishop of Nelson - Andrew Burn Suter
*Bishop of Waiapu - Edward Craig Stuart
*Bishop of Wellington - Octavius Hadfield



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

*100 yards – T. Lewis (Hawkes Bay)
*250 yards – H. Reeves (Canterbury)
*440 yards – H. Reeves (Canterbury)
*880 yards – P. Cox (Southland)
*1 mile – F. Ellis (Hawkes Bay)
*120 yards hurdles – Harold Batger (Wellington)
*Long jump – Leonard Cuff (Canterbury)
*High jump – T. McNaught (Otago)



Horse racing

*New Zealand Cup winner - Tirailleur
*New Zealand Derby winner - Scots Grey
*Auckland Cup winner - Leopold
*Wellington Cup winner - Dudu:"see also ."


The Christchurch Polo Club is formed.Todd, S. (1976) "Sporting Records of New Zealand." Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7]


Coxless pairs and Double sculls are held at the championships for the first time.

National Champions (Men)

*Single sculls - T. McKay (Wellington)
*Double sculls - Wellington
*Coxless pairs - Wellington
*Coxed fours - Wellington

=Rugby Union=

Provincial club rugby champions include: :"see also "


Ballinger Belt - Sergeant Parslow (Auckland)



After this year the mixed doubles championship are not held again held until 1900.

New Zealand championships

*Men's singles - P. Fenwicke
*Women's singles - E. Gordon
*Men's doubles - R. Harman and F. Wilding
*Women's doubles - K. Hitchings and E. Gordon
*Mixed doubles - F. Wilding and E. Gordon



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 1889 not specifically related to New Zealand see": 1889


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

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