1897 in New Zealand

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1897 in New Zealand

See also:

The following lists events that happened during 1897 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 13th New Zealand Parliament continues with the Liberal Party in power.

Opposition Leaders[edit]

See: Category:Parliament of New Zealand, New Zealand elections

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]




National Champions, Men Arthur Holder is the first athlete to win four titles at a single championships (he is also second in the 100 yards).[2]

  • 100 yards — Alfred J. Patrick (Wellington)
  • 250 yards — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
  • 440 yards — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
  • 880 yards — James McKean (Auckland)
  • 1 mile — James McKean (Auckland)
  • 3 miles — E. Reynolds (Auckland)
  • 120 yards hurdles — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
  • 440 yards hurdles — Arthur H. Holder (Wanganui)
  • Long jump — Leonard Cuff (Canterbury)
  • High jump — C. Laurie (Auckland)
  • Pole vault — tie Jimmy Te Paa (Auckland) and Hori Eruera (Auckland)
  • Shot put — Timothy B. O’Connor (Auckland)
  • Hammer throw — J. Callender (Auckland)


National Champion: R.J. Barnes of Wellington.[3]



The National amateur championships were held in Auckland [4]

  • Men — D. Pryde (Hutt)
  • Women — L. Wilford (Hutt)

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Season leaders (1896/97)[edit]

  • Top New Zealand stakes earner — Multiform
  • Leading flat jockey — R. Derrett

Lawn Bowls[edit]

National Champions[6]

  • Singles — W. McLaren (Kaitangata)
  • Pairs — W. Cowie and W. Thomson (skip) (Dunedin)
  • Fours — H. Nalder, W. Thomas, R. Struthers and H. Thomson (skip) (Christchurch)


  • Savile Cup winners — Manawatu


National Champions (Men)

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

Rugby union[edit]

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


Ballinger Belt — Private A. Ballinger (Wellington Guards)


Provincial league champions:[7]

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


National Champions (Men)

  • 100 yards frestyle — T. Wauchop (Canterbury)
  • 220 yards frestyle — W. Stratton (Canterbury)


National Championships

  • Men's singles — J. Marshall
  • Women's singles — Kathleen Nunneley
  • Men's doubles — H. Parker and C. Gore
  • 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. ^ Ministry for Culture and Heritage. "Margaret Cruickshank". Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  3. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "Men's Golf — National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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