11 September

Rail tragedy on the Rimutaka Incline

1880 Rail tragedy on the Rimutaka Incline

Four children were killed and 13 adults injured when two rail carriages were blown off the tracks by severe winds on a notoriously exposed part of the Rimutaka Incline railway. This was the first major loss of life on New Zealand’s railways. Read more...
First trans-Tasman flight touches down

1928 First trans-Tasman flight touches down

Australian pilots Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm crossed the Tasman in a Fokker tri-motor named the Southern Cross, covering 2670 km in 14 hours 25 minutes. Read more...