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1893 in New Zealand

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1893 in New Zealand
Decades:  1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s
See also:  Other events of 1893 Timeline of New Zealand history

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 viceregal

  • Head of State — Queen Victoria
  • Governor — David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow
  • Government and law

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

  • 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
  • Parliamentary opposition

    Leader of the Opposition — William Rolleston (Independent) until 8 November, then William Russell (Independent).

    Main centre leaders

  • Mayor of Auckland — William Crowther followed by James Holland
  • Mayor of Christchurch — William Prudhoe followed by Eden George
  • Mayor of Dunedin — Charles Haynes followed by Henry Fish
  • Mayor of Wellington — Francis Bell
  • Athletics

    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, Men

  • 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)
  • Billiards

    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)


    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.

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

  • Auckland Trotting Cup (over 3 miles) is won by Sandfly
  • Thoroughbred racing

  • New Zealand Cup — Rosefeldt
  • New Zealand Derby — Skirmisher
  • Auckland Cup — Pegasus
  • Wellington Cup — Retina
  • Season leaders (1892/93)

  • Top New Zealand stakes earner — St Hippo
  • Leading flat jockey — T. Buddicombe
  • Lawn Bowls

    National Champions

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

  • Savile Cup winners: Christchurch
  • Rowing

    National Champions (Men)

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

  • 1893 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia
  • Provincial club rugby champions include:

    see also Category:Rugby union in New Zealand


    Ballinger Belt — Private A. Ballinger (Wellington Guards)


    Provincial Champions:

  • Auckland: Alliance Auckland
  • Wellington:Wellington Rovers
  • Swimming

    National Champions (Men)

  • 100 yards frestyle — H. Hodges (Auckland)
  • 220 yards frestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 440 yards frestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • 880 yards frestyle — H. Bailey (Auckland)
  • Tennis

    National Champions

  • Men's singles — M. Fenwicke
  • Women's singles — J. Rees
  • Men's doubles — R. Harman and F. Wilding
  • Women's doubles — Not held
  • Deaths

  • 27 April – John Ballance, politician & Premier
  • References

    1893 in New Zealand Wikipedia

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