19 December

Universal male suffrage introduced

1879 Universal male suffrage introduced

The Qualification of Electors Act extended the right to vote (or electoral franchise) to all European men aged over 21, regardless of whether they owned or rented property. Read more...

HMS <em>Neptune</em> lost in Mediterranean minefield

1941 HMS Neptune lost in Mediterranean minefield

IIn New Zealand’s worst naval tragedy, the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Neptune struck enemy mines and sank off Libya. Of the 764 men who lost their lives, 150 were New Zealanders. Read more...