1841 in New Zealand

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1841 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1841 in New Zealand.


The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1841 is 78,400 Māori and 5000 non-Māori.[1]


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

  • Chief JusticeWilliam Martin is appointed the first Chief Justice of New Zealand on 5 February but does not arrive in New Zealand until August.


  • 31 March: The William Bryan arrives at Taranaki from Plymouth bearing 148 settlers to found New Plymouth.[2]
  • March: Captain Rhodes builds the first wharf in Wellington, in front of his store on the Wellington waterfront.[3][4][5]
  • 3 May: In anticipation of the Great Charter coming into force, William Hobson is sworn in as Governor of New Zealand.
  • 1 July: Colony of New Zealand comes into existence, a separate Crown colony from New South Wales.
  • 10 July: The New Zealand Herald and Auckland Gazette begins publication. The newspaper lasts less than a year.[6]
  • 27 September: Foundation of a school for Catholic boys, the first school in Auckland.[7][8][9]
  • 8 November: The Auckland Chronicle and New Zealand Colonist begins publishing. It continues with some gaps until 1845.[10]



Horse racing[edit]

Unknown date[edit]

  • The Auckland Town Plate is contested at Epsom Downs.[12] A committee of army officers and townspeople forms to control racing in Auckland (Epsom).[12] (see also 1849).


  • January: The first sailing regatta in the country is held as part of Anniversary celebrations in Wellington.[12]


Unknown date


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand has collated estimates from a number of sources (interpolating where necessary) at "Long-term data series". Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. , in particular "A1.1 Total population.xls". Archived from the original (Excel) on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Plymouths around the world". Plymouth City Council. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  3. ^ New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: The Exchange
  4. ^ New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: Early Wellington
  5. ^ Patterson, Brad. "Rhodes, William Barnard". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007. 
  7. ^ A. G Butchers, Young New Zealand, Coulls Somerville Wilkie Ltd, Dunedin, 1929, pp. 124 - 126.
  8. ^ "Auckland's First Catholic School - And its Latest", Zealandia, Thursday, 26 January 1939, p. 5
  9. ^ E.R. Simmons, In Cruce Salus, A History of the Diocese of Auckland 1848 - 1980, Catholic Publication Centre, Auckland 1982, pp. 53 and 54.
  10. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007. 
  11. ^ Dunmore, Patricia (ed.) (1977). The Dunmore Book of New Zealand Records. p. 21. ISBN 0-908564-08-2. 
  12. ^ a b c d Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  13. ^ Biographies of former speakers - NZ Parliament