1893 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1893 in New Zealand.

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New Zealand

See also:
Tribute to the Suffragettes, Christchurch, New Zealand

With the sudden death of John Ballance on 27 April the 13 years of Richard Seddon as Prime Minister begins. On 28 November New Zealand women become the first in the world to vote in a national election.


Regal and viceregalEdit

Government and lawEdit

The Electoral Bill granting women the franchise is given Royal Assent by Governor Lord Glasgow on 19 September, and women voted for the first time on 28 November (see Women's suffrage in New Zealand).

The Liberal Party is re-elected on 28 November and begins the 12th New Zealand Parliament.

Parliamentary oppositionEdit

Leader of the OppositionWilliam Rolleston (Independent) until 8 November, then William Russell (Independent).[2]

Main centre leadersEdit


Arts and literatureEdit




The first Australia and New Zealand Championships are held. Tim O'Connor (in the Shot Put) is the first New Zealander to win an event.[3] These combined Championships are held biennially until 1927 except during World War I.

The hammer throw is held for the first time at a New Zealand National Championships.

National Champions, MenEdit

  • 100 yards – Jack Hempton (Wellington)
  • 250 yards – L. Harley (Wellington)
  • 440 yards – Norman L. Gurr (Wellington)
  • 880 yards – Norman L. Gurr (Wellington)
  • 1 mile – C. Rees (Canterbury)
  • 3 miles – William J. Burk (Otago)
  • 120 yards hurdles – W. Moir (Canterbury)
  • 440 yards hurdles – D. Matson (Canterbury)
  • Long jump – Ross F. Gore (Wellington)
  • High jump – tie Ross F. Gore (Wellington) and F. Meyrick (Canterbury)
  • Pole vault – W. West (Canterbury)
  • Shot put – O. McCormack (Wellington)
  • Hammer throw – O. McCormack (Wellington)


The second firm in the country to begin the manufacture of billiard tables does so in Auckland.[4]


National Champion: Franz Vaughan Siedeberg of Dunedin. (his 2nd title)[5]



The New Zealand Amateur Championships are held for the first time. They are hosted by the Otago Golf Club and staged at the Balmacewan course.[4]

  • National Champion – Men: J. Somerville (Otago)
  • National matchplay champion – Women: Mrs. Lomax-Smith (Christchurch)

Horse racingEdit

Harness racingEdit

Thoroughbred racingEdit

Season leaders (1892/93)Edit

  • Top New Zealand stakes earner – St Hippo
  • Leading flat jockey – T. Buddicombe

Lawn BowlsEdit

National Champions[7]

  • Singles – W. Cowie (Dunedin)
  • Fours – W. Barnett, C. Hulbert, H. Toomer and H. Thomson (skip) (Christchurch)


  • Savile Cup winners: Christchurch


National Champions (Men)

  • Single sculls – J. McGrath (Otago)
  • Double sculls – Union, Christchurch
  • Coxless pairs – Union, Christchurch
  • Coxed fours – Lyttelton

Rugby unionEdit

Provincial club rugby champions include:


Ballinger Belt – Private A. Ballinger (Wellington Guards)


Provincial Champions:[8]

  • Auckland: Alliance Auckland
  • Wellington:Wellington Rovers


National Champions (Men)

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


National Champions



See alsoEdit


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ At this time the position is still officially "Premier" although "Prime Minister is also used ". Seddon used the latter almost exclusively throughout his term. See Prime Minister
  2. ^ "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
  4. ^ a b Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  6. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "New Zealand – List of Champions". Rsssf.com. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  9. ^ Strachan, S. R. "Alphonse John Barrington". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

External linksEdit

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