New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1905 Race killing in Wellington's Haining St

The murder of Joe Kum Yung in Wellington’s Haining St highlighted the hatred some felt towards New Zealand’s small Chinese community. His killer, Lionel Terry, committed the brutal act to promote his crusade to rid New Zealand of the so-called ‘yellow peril’.

1917 Bere Ferrers rail accident

Ten New Zealand soldiers were killed when they were hit by a train at Bere Ferrers in southern England. The accident occurred as troops from the 28th Reinforcements for the NZ Expeditionary Force were being transported from Plymouth to Sling Camp on Salisbury Plain.

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24 September September

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Elizabeth McCombs

19 Nov 1873 - 7 Jun 1935

Forty years after women in New Zealand received the right to vote, Elizabeth McCombs became the first female Member of Parliament.

New Zealand and the First World War

New Zealand and the First World War

The First World War had a seismic impact on New Zealand, reshaping the country's perception of itself and its place in the world.

Women's Suffrage Petition

Suffrage Petition

The 1893 Women's suffrage petition — signed by more than 25,000 women, about a fifth of the enture adult European female population — helped pave the way for the passage of New Zealand's world-leading Electoral Act in September 1893.

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Memorials Register

Memorials Register

Find exact locations and further information for more than 900 memorials throughout New Zealand.

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