1896 in New Zealand

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1896 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1896 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The Liberal Party is re-elected and begins the 13th New Zealand Parliament.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Leader of the OppositionWilliam Russell.[1]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • Census measures national population as 743,214.

Arts and literature[edit]



  • The Waikato Argus starts publication. The newspaper runs until 1915.[5]
  • The Gisborne Times is founded.[6] It became a daily in 1901, and continued to publish until being bought out by The Poverty Bay Herald in 1938.[7]
  • July: The Waikato Times and Waikato Advocate merge, and the former moves to daily publication.[8]



National Champions, Men [9]

  • 100 yards — E. Robinson (Canterbury)
  • 250 yards — W. Kingston (Otago)
  • 440 yards — W. Low (Otago)
  • 880 yards — W. Low (Otago)
  • 1 mile — W. Bennett (Otago)
  • 3 miles — W. Bennett (Otago)
  • 120 yards hurdles — W. Martin (Auckland)
  • 440 yards hurdles — J. Thomas Roberts (Auckland)
  • Long jump — Leonard Cuff (Canterbury)
  • High jump — P. Brown (Canterbury)
  • Pole vault — tie R. Hunter (Hawkes Bay) and H. Kingsley (Wanganui)
  • Shot put — W. Rhodes (Wellington)
  • Hammer throw — P. Brown (Canterbury)


National Champion: W. Meldrum of Rangitikei.[10]



  • Men's national amateur champion — M.S. Todd (Otago)[11]
  • Women's national amateur champion — L. Wilford (Hutt)

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Season leaders (1895/96)[edit]

  • Top New Zealand stakes earner — Euroclydon
  • Leading flat jockey — C. Jenkins

Lawn Bowls[edit]

National Champions[13] There are no national championships this year.


  • Savile Cup winners — Manawatu


National Champions (Men)

  • Single sculls — C. Chapman (Wairewa)
  • Double sculls — Wairewa, Little River
  • Coxless pairs — Canterbury
  • Coxed fours — Queen’s Dr, Port Chalmers

Rugby union[edit]


Ballinger Belt — Sergeant Wakelyn (Honorary Reserve Corps, Christchurch)


Provincial league champions:[14]

  • Auckland: Auckland United
  • Otago: Roslyn Dunedin
  • Wellington: Wellington Swifts


Not held


National Championships

  • Men's singles — H. Parker
  • Women's singles — Kathleen Nunneley
  • Men's doubles — R. Harman and D. Collins
  • Women's doubles — Kathleen Nunneley and T. Trimmell



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Elections NZ — Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  2. ^ Brunner mine disaster
  3. ^ NCWNZ History
  4. ^ MIC - Film pioneers Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Waikato Times". National Library of New Zealand. 
  6. ^ "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  7. ^ Mackay, Joseph Angus (1949). "Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.: Earliest Journals and Their Founders". 
  8. ^ "Mayor's chair bonds present with past". Waikato Museum. 
  9. ^ Athletics NZ senior mens champions (MS Word)
  10. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Men's Golf — National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  12. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ As the New Zealand Bowling Association at this time consists entirely of South Island clubs, the first truly "national" championships are not deemed to have begun until 1914.
  14. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  15. ^ Blackley, Roger. "Fisher, Archibald Joseph Charles 1896–1959". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

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