1848 in New Zealand
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The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1848 is 68,300 Māori and 17,166 non-Māori.
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
- Chief Justice — William Martin
- Lieutenant Governor, New Munster — From 28 January, Edward John Eyre
- Lieutenant Governor, New Ulster — From 14 February, George Dean Pitt
- 23 March: The founding of the city of Dunedin and Otago Province, with the arrival of the John Wickliffe, carrying Scottish settlers, at Port Chalmers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 13 December — Otago News begins publication. The newspaper publishes fortnightly until closing in 1850.
- David Buick, politician.
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- 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". Archived from the original (Excel) on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
- "the First Otago Immigrant Ships", Dunedin Public Libraries. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- The New Zealander, Auckland, 24 June 1848. Reprinted in Bromby, R. An Eyewitness History of New Zealand 1985: ISBN 0-85902-306-0
- Vintage New Zealand Photography
- "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7