The following lists events that happened during 1891 in New Zealand.

New Zealand

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Incumbents edit

Regal and viceregal edit

Government and law edit

Following their victory in the 1890 election the Liberal Government forms the 11th New Zealand Parliament, taking office on 24 January. This is the first time a single political party forms a government in New Zealand.

The new Liberal Government restricts future terms of appointment to the Legislative Council to 7 years. Previous appointments have been for life.

Parliamentary opposition edit

Leader of the OppositionJohn Ballance (Liberal Party) until 23 June, then John Bryce (Independent) until 31 August, then William Rolleston (Independent).[1]

Main centre leaders edit

Events edit

  • 13 January – The first public phonograph performance in New Zealand is made at Christchurch.[2][3]
  • 17 March – The S.S. Alice is the first mechanically powered vessel to pass through Ohau Channel and the first to operate on Lake Rotoiti. Among the passengers are Governor Onslow and Lady Onslow.[4] (see also 1889)

Arts and literature edit

Music edit

Sport edit

Athletics edit

  • 12 August Godfrey Shaw sets the first (unofficial) world record by a New Zealander. He runs 57.2 seconds for 440 yards hurdles at the Isle of Man.[5][6]

National Champions, Men The 440 yards hurdles is held for the first time.

  • 100 yards – J. King (Wellington) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
  • 250 yards – J. King (Wellington) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
  • 440 yards – J. Hutchison (Auckland) Race won by W. Macpherson (Australia)
  • 880 yards – Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
  • 1 mile – Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
  • 3 miles – Derisley Wood (Canterbury)
  • 120 yards hurdles – Harold Batger (Wellington)
  • 440 yards hurdles – Harold Batger (Wellington)
  • Long jump – T. Upfill (Auckland)
  • High jump – tie J. Hume (Wellington) and E. Laurie (Auckland)
  • Pole vault – T. Upfill (Auckland)
  • Shot put – Timothy O’Connor (Auckland)

Chess edit

National champion: R.J Barnes of Wellington[7]

Boxing edit

Horse racing edit

Harness racing edit

Thoroughbred racing edit

Season leaders (1890/91) edit

  • Leading flat jockey – G. Collelo

Lawn bowls edit

Dissatisfied with their remoteness from the national association the North Island clubs and those from Nelson form a separate Northern Bowling Association. National Champions[10]

  • Singles – G. White (Milton)
  • Fours – D. Campbell, W. Weir, D. Mackie and W. Carswell (skip) (Taieri)

Polo edit

The New Zealand Polo Association is formed from clubs in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Rangitikei, North Canterbury and Waikari.[6]

  • Savile Cup winners – Christchurch

Rowing edit

National Champions (Men)

  • Single sculls – W. Bridson (Wellington)
  • Double sculls – Star
  • Coxless pairs – Wellington
  • Coxed fours – Wellington

Rugby union edit

Provincial club rugby champions include:

see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand

Shooting edit

  • Ballinger Belt – Private C. Kruse (Wanganui Rifles)

Soccer edit

Provincial Champions:[11] – This is the first year any provincial championship is recorded. Auckland commenced in 1892.

  • Wellington: Petone Wanderers

Swimming edit

National champions (Men)

  • 100 yards freestyle – H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 440 yards freestyle – H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 880 yards freestyle – H. Nicholson (Auckland)

Tennis edit

National championships

  • Men's singles – J. Marshall
  • Women's singles – J. Rees
  • Men's doubles – Richard Harman and Frederick Wilding
  • Women's doubles – K. Hitchings and E. Gordon

Births edit

Deaths edit

See also edit

References 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". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  2. ^ Christchurch City Libraries - Christchurch: A chronology
  3. ^ Sutherland, A. New Zealand Famous Firsts and Related Records. 1961
  4. ^ "Woodenboatparade: S.S. Alice". Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
  5. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  6. ^ a b Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Today in History | NZHistory
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ New Zealand - List of Champions

External links edit

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