1853 in New Zealand

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1853 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1853 in New Zealand.

The old provinces of New Munster and New Ulster are abolished and replaced by the Provinces of New Zealand. The first general election is held marking a major step on the way to self-government.


The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1853 is 61,850 Māori and 29,600 non-Māori.[1]


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

New Zealand’s first general election, held on 1 October. The House of Representatives has 37 elected members, and 14 members are appointed to the first Legislative Council.[2] The 1st Parliament opens on 24 May 1854

The first Speaker of the House is not elected until Parliament opens on 24 May 1854. There is neither an official Prime Minister/Premier/Colonial Secretary or Finance Minister/Colonial Secretary until after the 2nd New Zealand Parliament is formed after the 1855 election. (see also 1st New Zealand Parliament).






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  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. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  3. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  4. ^ a b Christchurch: a chronology - 1853
  5. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.

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