30 December

Colenso arrives with a printing press

1834 Colenso arrives with a printing press

Church Missionary Society printer William Colenso arrived in the Bay of Islands on the schooner Blackbird with New Zealand’s first printing press. Read more...

Charles Darwin leaves New Zealand after nine-day visit

1835 Charles Darwin leaves New Zealand after nine-day visit

Darwin's visit to the Bay of Islands on HMS Beagle was brief and unspectacular from his point of view. The Beagle's captain, Robert FitzRoy, would later serve as the second governor of New Zealand. Read more...