4 May

Marion du Fresne arrives in Bay of Islands

1772 Marion du Fresne arrives in Bay of Islands

Du Fresne’s was the second French expedition to visit New Zealand, following that of de Surville in 1769. Du Fresne’s acceptance of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s beliefs about ‘noble savages’ was to have unfortunate consequences. Read more...
Avalanche kills two workers at the Homer tunnel

1937 Avalanche kills two workers at the Homer tunnel

The engineer-in-charge and the overseer were killed when the second avalanche to hit the Homer tunnel project in less than 12 months struck without warning. Read more...