1848 in New Zealand

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1848 in New Zealand


The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1848 is 68,300 Māori and 17,166 non-Māori.[1]


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]


  • 23 June: Government House, in Auckland is burned to the ground by a fire believed to have started in the butler's pantry. Most chattels and Government documents were saved.[2]
  • 17 September — The first attempt at photography is made in New Zealand. Lieutenant-Governor Eyre is unsuccessful in his attempt to take a daguerreotype of Eliza Grey, wife of Governor Grey.[3]
  • 13 December — Otago News begins publication. The newspaper publishes fortnightly until closing in 1850.[4]

Appointments and awards[edit]



Cricket is played on the present site of The Octagon, Dunedin. A team from Otago challenges Wellington to a match, but the challenge is not accepted.[5] (see 1860 for the first inter-provincial game)


Unknown date[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand has collated estimates from a number of sources (interpolating where necessary) at "Long-term data series". Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. , in particular "A1.1 Total population.xls" (Excel). Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  2. ^ The New Zealander, Auckland, 24 June 1848. Reprinted in Bromby, R. An Eyewitness History of New Zealand 1985: ISBN 0-85902-306-0
  3. ^ Vintage New Zealand Photography
  4. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century". Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. Archived from the original on 25 November 2007. 
  5. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7