1875 in New Zealand

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1875 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1875 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 1875 general election begins on 29 December but does not finish until 4 January the following year. The election marks the end of the 5th New Zealand Parliament.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • Contract let for construction of the Rimutaka Incline railway using the Fell system.



The first club in the country, the Wellington Amateur Athletic Club, holds its first meeting.[1]


The Wellington Cricket Association is formed.[1]

Horse racing[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup winner: Nectar
  • New Zealand Derby winner: Daniel O’Rourke
  • Auckland Cup winner: Kingfisher
  • Wellington Cup winner: Tambourini
see also Category:Horse races in New Zealand.

Rugby union[edit]

  • Rugby union begins in Timaru, Temuka, Blenheim, Picton, Greymouth (with the formation of new clubs) and Napier where the club formed in 1874 adopted rugby rules.[2]
  • A combined Auckland clubs team toured Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson and New Plymouth. They lost all matches, despite some of their opposition having only learned rugby rules for a few weeks in preparation for the tour — the Christchurch and Dunedin clubs had primarily been playing football (soccer).[2]


Ballinger Belt: Lieutenant Skinner (Auckland)


Unknown date[edit]


See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ a b Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  2. ^ a b "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 

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