1862 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1862 in New Zealand.

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New Zealand

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Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The 3rd Parliament continues.


  • 27 January – The Auckland Register, which started in 1857, ceases publication.[1]
  • 1 July – The first telegraph transmission in New Zealand is made from Lyttelton Post Office to Christchurch.[2][3][4]
  • 7 July – Parliament meets in Wellington for the first time. (see also 1863; 1865)
  • 15 August – Horatio Hartley and Christopher Reilly arrive in Dunedin with 87 pounds of gold from the banks of the Clutha river in Cromwell George leading to the Dunstan Gold Rush.[5]
  • 12 November – The Invercargill Times publishes its first issue. It changed its name to The Southland Times two years later, and became a daily in 1875. It continues to publish today.[6]
  • Otago Gold Rush (1861–63)




The second inter-provincial game is played. Nelson defeat Wellington.[8]

Horse racingEdit

Major race winnerEdit

  • New Zealand Derby – Emmeline

Lawn bowlsEdit

The Auckland club is now playing on its own green.[8]


1 January – The first recorded rowing regatta takes place on Lyttelton Harbour.[8]

Later in the year the Canterbury Rowing Club is formed to row on the Avon River in Christchurch.[8]


Ballinger Belt – Private Holt (Nelson)


Unknown dateEdit


See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources – 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
  2. ^ New Zealand Historic Places Trust: Port to Plains Heritage Trail
  3. ^ Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966: Telecommunications
  4. ^ "NZPost: Telegraph Centenary". Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
  5. ^ Walrond, Carl. "First gold discovery at Dunstan". Crown Copyright. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Southland Times". National Library of New Zealand.
  7. ^ "Nelson Evening Mail". National Library of New Zealand.
  8. ^ a b c d Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7

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