1851 in New Zealand

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1851 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1851 in New Zealand.


The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1851 is 64,350 Māori and 26,707 non-Māori.[1]


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • Governor Grey issues a charter creating the Borough of Auckland.[2] Archibald Clark becomes Mayor.[3] (see also 1852)
  • 11 January: The Otago Witness begins publication. It publishes fortnightly until August, and then weekly until its demise in 1932.[4]
  • 11 January: The Lyttelton Times begins publication. It will change its name to the Christchurch Times in 1929, and continue until 1935.[5]
  • 1 November: First national census held in New Zealand, counting European dwellings and population only.[6]
  • 25 December (or 19 January, 1852)[7] — The Governor Wynyard, the first steamer built in New Zealand, is launched at Freemans Bay, Auckland.[8]


  • Wynyard Pier is the first wharf built on the Auckland waterfront.[9]



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. ^ "History of Auckland City: Chapter 1". Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2008. 
  3. ^ History of Auckland City: Mayors Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Otago Witness". National Library of New Zealand. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Census timeline 1840–1859". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Roadworks KRoad: Karangahape Road History". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  8. ^ Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Shipbuilding
  9. ^ New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: Some Interesting Occurrences in Early Auckland