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

1928 First trans-Tasman flight

Australians Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm, in their Southern Cross monoplane, landed at Wigram, Christchurch, 14 hours 25 minutes after leaving Sydney. More than 30,000 people gathered to greet them. Read more...