10 January

Catholic missionaries arrive at Hokianga

1838 Catholic missionaries arrive at Hokianga

French Bishop Jean Baptiste François Pompallier arrived at Hokianga. His party celebrated their first mass three days later. Read more...
The world's first state-registered nurse

1902 The world's first state-registered nurse

Ellen Dougherty was one of the world’s first state-registered nurses. Grace Neill, Assistant Inspector in the Department of Asylums and Hospitals, advocated for state-registration of trained nurses, helping to influence the Nurses Registration Act 1901. Read more...
Pioneer aviators vanish over the Tasman

1928 Pioneer aviators vanish over the Tasman

New Zealanders George Hood and John Moncrieff disappeared during a ‘gallant if somewhat ill-organised attempt’ to complete the first flight across the Tasman Sea. Read more...