1913 in New Zealand

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1913 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1913 in New Zealand.


Regal and Vice Regal[edit]


Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Leader of the OppositionJoseph Ward (Liberal Party) from 13 September.[2]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 22 March: The world's first automatic totalisator is used at the Easter meeting at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland.[3]
  • 13 April: Frederik E. Sandford flies the rebuilt biplane Manurewa at Avondale Racecourse. The Manurewa was formerly owned and flown by the Walsh Brothers before it crashed (see 1911) but is now owned by a syndicate and been rebuilt by Sandford and William Miller.[4][5]
  • 19 April: American Arthur "Wizard" Stone flies a Blériot XI monoplane for 400 metres (0.25 mi) from the cricket ground at Auckland Domain.[4][5][6][7]
  • 24 April: "Wizard" Stone flies for an estimated 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Alexandra Park.[7]
  • April or May: Frederik Sandford flies the first woman passenger in New Zealand, a Miss Lester.[4][5]
  • 9 July: The first suspected case in a Smallpox outbreak is reported.[8] It is later confirmed[9] and the outbreak becomes an epidemic.[10]
  • 31 August: Sandford flies west from Avondale covering 3 miles (4.8 km) at 45 miles per hour (72 km/h), but crashes at New Lynn on the return to Avondale.[5]
  • 22 October: Wellington watersiders go on strike.[11]
  • 23 October: Wellington watersiders are locked out sparking nationwide waterfront strikes.[12]
  • 29 October: Over 1000 Wellington strikers hold a protest meeting at the Basin Reserve.[13]
  • 30 October: The first "special constables" arrive in Wellington.[11]
  • 8 November: "Special constables" occupy Auckland wharves leading to a general strike.[14]
  • 10 November: A general strike is called in Wellington but it is not supported.[15]
  • 23 November: The general strike in Auckland ends.[14]
  • 1 December: Auckland Exhibition opens.[16]
  • 20 December: Wellington waterfront strike is called off.[11]


  • Arthur Schaef makes short powered hops in his second, unnamed, aircraft, at Lyall Bay, Wellington.[4]
  • Hector and Seaforth McKenzie fly their Hamilton biplane at Marton.[4]
  • Percy Fisher and Reginald White fly an aircraft of their own design at Greytown. The event is also filmed.[4]

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1913 in art, 1913 in literature, Category:1913 books


See: 1913 in music


See: 1913 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1913 films, Category:1913 film awards



  • The 26th National Chess Championship was held in Nelson, and was won by J.C. Grierson of Auckland, his second title.[17]



  • The seventh New Zealand Open championship was won by Ted Douglas.[18]
  • The 21st National Amateur Championships were held in Otago [19]
    • Matchplay: B.B. Wood (Christchurch) — 2nd title


  • Matchplay: Mrs. G Williams.[20]
  • Strokeplay: Mrs G. Williams — 3rd title

Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • Auckland defend the Ranfurly Shield against Wellington (6-5) and Poverty Bay (27-3) before losing it to Taranaki (11-14)


Provincial league champions:[23]

  • Auckland: Everton Auckland
  • Canterbury: Sydenham
  • Hawke's Bay: Waipukurau
  • Otago: Kaitangata FC
  • Southland: Rangers
  • Wanganui: Eastbrooke
  • Wellington: Wellington Thistle



Category:1913 births


Category:1913 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". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  3. ^ The First Automatic Totalisator, The Rutherford Journal.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Rendel, David (1975) Civil Aviation in New Zealand: An Illustrated History. Wellington. A.H. & A.W.Reed. ISBN 0-589-00905-2
  5. ^ a b c d Those Daring Young Men in their Flying Machine: Sandford-Miller biplane flights at Avondale, 1913
  6. ^ Auckland Airport Archived 31 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b Kiwi Aircraft Images: Bleriot XI
  8. ^ [1],
  9. ^ "Papers Past — New Zealand Herald — 12 July 1913 — MAORI EPIDEMIC". Paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 1913-07-12. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  10. ^ "Papers Past — Dominion — 14 July 1913 — THE EPIDEMIC". Paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 1913-07-14. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  11. ^ a b c Te Ara Encyclopedia 1966 — The Waterfront Strike, 1913
  12. ^ New Zealand History online: Today in History 23 October, 1913
  13. ^ Wellington History: City History 1890 -1918
  14. ^ a b Auckland City Council: Living Room events — Skeletons in the Closet
  15. ^ Amalgamated Workers Union: History — Some Important Dates in Trade Union History
  16. ^ "02 Dec 1913 - AUCKLAND EXHIBITION. MESSAGE FROM THE KING". Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  17. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "PGA European — Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "GOLF, WOMEN'S Competitions and Championships". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  21. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  22. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 

External links[edit]

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