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Events on this Day – 12 August


The simple building measured about 10m x 6m and included an area for Māori students to sleep and a cordoned-off platform for teachers and Pākehā students


In 1895 Southland’s Williamina (Minnie) Dean became the first – and only – woman to be hanged in New Zealand. Her story exposed the stark realities of paid childcare and the lack of choice for many women in this period.


John Walker became history’s first sub-3:50 miler, running 3:49.4 at Gothenburg, Sweden.