1909 in New Zealand

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1909 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1909 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 11th New Zealand Parliament commenced.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Leader of the Opposition - William Massey (independent until February and thereafter as leader of the Reform Party) [2]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 1 January: The Quackery Prevention Act 1908 becomes law, preventing false advertising in relation to ingredients, composition, structure, nature or operation of a medicine.[citation needed]
  • 12 February: Inter-island steamer SS Penguin is wrecked at Cape Terawhiti in Cook Strait with the loss of 75 lives.[3]
  • 14 February: The first North Island Main Trunk passenger express train leaves Auckland for Wellington, an overnight trip scheduled to take 19 hours 15 minutes, with a sleeping car, day cars with reclining seats, postal/parcels vans, and a dining car for part of the way.


  • The Canterbury (NZ) Aero Club, the first in New Zealand, is formed by George Bolt.[4]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1909 in art, 1909 in literature, Category:1909 books


See: 1909 in music


See: 1909 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1909 films



National amateur champions

  • Heavyweight - M. Ryan (Invercargill)
  • Middleweight - S. Monaghan (Ohakune)
  • Welterweight - G. Watchorn (Palmerston North)
  • Lightweight - J. Finnerty (Invercargill)
  • Featherweight - J. Hagerty (Timaru)
  • Bantamweight - C. Stewart (Timaru)



  • The 22nd National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by F.K. Kelling of Wellington.[5]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team

Rugby union[edit]


Provincial league champions:[10]

  • Auckland: Auckland Corinthians
  • Canterbury: Burnham Industrial School
  • Otago: Dunedin City
  • Southland: Murihiku
  • Taranaki: Kaponga
  • Wellington: Wellington Swifts



Category:1909 births


Category:1909 deaths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  3. ^ Christchurch City Libraries
  4. ^ Rendel, David (1975) Civil Aviation in New Zealand: An Illustrated History. Wellington. A.H. & A.W.Reed. ISBN 0-589-00905-2
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ History of NZ open: TVNZ
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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