1876 in New Zealand

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1876 in New Zealand


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 1875 general election, which started on 29 December, concludes on 4 January. The 6th Parliament commences.

Premier Atkinson abolishes the New Zealand provincial system on 1 November.[1]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 18 February: The first trans-Tasman submarine communications cable is completed, allowing telegraph communications with the rest of the world.[2]
  • 4 April: Speight's is first brewed in Dunedin.
  • 30 December: The Daily Southern Cross publishes its last issue, and merges with The New Zealand Herald. The Auckland-based newspaper began publishing as The Southern Cross in 1843.[3]

Appointments and awards[edit]

William Williams resigns on 31 May[4] as Bishop of Waiapu after suffering a stroke on 25 March. No replacement is found until the following year.



The Otago Cricket Association is formed.[5]

Horse racing[edit]

Major race winners[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup — Guy Fawkes
  • New Zealand Derby — Songster
  • Auckland Cup — Ariel
  • Wellington Cup — Korari

Lawn bowls[edit]

The first interclub competition in the country is held between the Dunedin and Fernhill clubs.[5]

Rugby union[edit]

  • A combined side from Canterbury toured Nelson, Wellington (at Lower Hutt), and Auckland (at Ellerslie)[6]


Ballinger Belt — Private J. Willocks (Clutha)[7]



See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  2. ^ "Completion of the cable". Nelson Evening Mail. 19 February 1876. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Daily Southern Cross". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 June 2008. 
  4. ^ New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: Bishopric of Waiapu
  5. ^ a b Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  6. ^ a b edited by A. H. McLintock (1966). "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand champion shot / Ballinger Belt winners". National Rifle Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ All Blacks profile of Ernie Booth
  9. ^ NZ Edge - Harold Williams

External links[edit]

Media related to 1876 in New Zealand at Wikimedia Commons