8 July

New Zealand’s first prize fight?

1862 New Zealand’s first prize fight?

The boxing bout was fought in an improvised ring on the banks of the Waimakariri River near Kaiapoi after police were ejected from the scene. London prizefighter Harry Jones defeated ‘navvie’ George Barton over 30 bloody bare-knuckle rounds for a purse of £100. Read more...
New Zealand Racing Conference meets

1893 New Zealand Racing Conference meets

The New Zealand Racing Conference was formed to control the thoroughbred horse-racing industry in this country. Read more...