The following lists events that happened during 1893 in 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).
- Speaker of the House – William Steward
- Prime Minister – John Ballance dies on 27 April and Richard Seddon becomes the new Prime Minister.
- Minister of Finance – On 1 May Joseph Ward becomes Minister of Finance, four days after the death of John Ballance.
- Chief Justice – Hon Sir James Prendergast
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. 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.
National Champion: Franz Vaughan Siedeberg of Dunedin. (his 2nd title)
- National Champion – Men: J. Somerville (Otago)
- National matchplay champion – Women: Mrs. Lomax-Smith (Christchurch)
- New Zealand Cup – Rosefeldt
- New Zealand Derby – Skirmisher
- Auckland Cup – Pegasus
- Wellington Cup – Retina
Season leaders (1892/93)Edit
- Top New Zealand stakes earner – St Hippo
- Leading flat jockey – T. Buddicombe
- 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
Provincial club rugby champions include:
Ballinger Belt – Private A. Ballinger (Wellington Guards)
- 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)
- 30 January: George Yerex, wildlife conservator
- 23 January: Henry Driver, politician
- 27 February (in London): Sir Charles Clifford, 1st Baronet, politician, first speaker of the House of Representatives.
- 1 March (in Yorkshire): Mary Taylor, Wellington draper and women's rights advocate.
- 22 March: Theophilus Daniel, politician.
- 27 April: John Ballance, politician & Premier.
- 28 April: Thomas King, politician (born 1821).
- 15 December: Alphonse J. Barrington, gold prospector and explorer (born c. 1832).
- Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
- 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
- "Elections NZ – Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
- Heidenstrom, P. (1992) Athletes of the Century. Wellington: GP Publications. ISBN 1-86956-044-2
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- List of New Zealand Chess Champions
- Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz
- 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.
- "New Zealand – List of Champions". Rsssf.com. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- Strachan, S. R. "Alphonse John Barrington". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
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