1852 in New Zealand

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1852 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1852 in New Zealand.


The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1852 is 63,100 Māori and 27,633 non-Māori.[1]


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

With the passing by the Parliament of the United Kingdom of New Zealand Constitution Act 1852 the way is set for New Zealand’s first general election.[2] It will be held on 1 October 1853. (see also 1846).

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • At the second election for the Council of the Borough of Auckland insufficient councillors are elected and the Council ceases functioning.[3]
  • 19 January (or 25 December, 1851[4]) — The Governor Wynyard,[5] the first steamer built in New Zealand, is launched at Freemans Bay, Auckland.[6]
  • 3 June: The Guardian and Canterbury Advertiser starts publication but ceases after less than four months, on 16 September.[7]
  • 4 August: The Taranaki Herald starts publication. It will move to daily publishing in 1877. From 1935 until 1989 (when it will cease publication) it will be New Zealand's oldest newspaper.[8]


29 February: Ewen Alison, politician.

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 14 March 2008., in particular "A1.1 Total population.xls". Archived from the original (Excel) on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
  2. ^ New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
  3. ^ "History of Auckland City: Chapter 1". Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Roadworks KRoad: Karangahape Road History". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  5. ^ Hand coloured lithograph of the Auckland waterfront in 1852 featuring the Governor Wynyard
  6. ^ Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - Shipbuilding
  7. ^ "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical Publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
  8. ^ "Taranaki Herald". National Library of New Zealand.