New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1889 American acrobat parachutes from balloon

‘Professor’ Thomas Baldwin descended by parachute from a balloon floating high above South Dunedin.

1859 Ice comes to Nelson

Enjoying a cold drink on a hot afternoon was not always as simple as adding ice from the freezer to water from the refrigerator. Once the ice made a much longer journey.

1944 New Zealand and Australia sign the Canberra Pact

The Canberra Pact was an undertaking by the two countries to co-operate on international matters, especially in the Pacific.

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Te Ruki Kawiti

1770s - 3 May 1854

A notable Ngāpuhi chief and warrior and a skilled military tactician who reluctantly signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

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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