1853 in New Zealand
The estimated population of New Zealand at the end of 1853 is 61,850 Māori and 29,600 non-Māori.
Regal and viceregal
Government and law
New Zealand’s first general election, held on 1 October. The House of Representatives has 37 elected members, and 14 members are appointed to the first Legislative Council. The 1st Parliament opens on 24 May 1854
The first Speaker of the House is not elected until Parliament opens on 24 May 1854. There is neither an official Prime Minister/Premier/Colonial Secretary or Finance Minister/Colonial Secretary until after the 2nd New Zealand Parliament is formed after the 1855 election. (see also 1st New Zealand Parliament).
- Chief Justice — William Martin
- Lieutenant Governor — Edward John Eyre (until 7 March when the Provinces of New Ulster and New Munster are abolished and replaced by the Provinces of New Zealand).
- Lieutenant Governor — Robert Henry Wynyard (until 7 March when the Provinces of New Ulster and New Munster are abolished and replaced by the Provinces of New Zealand).
- 17 January — With the passing of New Zealand Constitution Act 1852 the previous year the Provinces of New Zealand are created. The former New Ulster Province and New Munster Province, which had been in place since 1846, are abolished. New Ulster is split into Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington; New Munster is split into Nelson, Canterbury and Otago. Each of the new provinces has its own legislature, known as a Provincial Council, that elects its own Speaker and Superintendent.
- 14 September — The Ann is the first steamship to visit Lyttelton.
- 16 November — The Wanganui Record starts publishing, but folds six weeks later, on 28 December.
- 4 September: (in England) William Collins, politician.
- 3 October: (in England) Albert Moss, cricketer.
- 21 November: Te Horeta, tribal leader
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
- 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.
- New Zealand Parliament - Parliament timeline
- Today in History | NZHistory
- Christchurch: a chronology - 1853
- "Chapter 2: Early Statistical Sources — 19th Century" (PDF). Statistical publications 1840–2000. Statistics New Zealand. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2007.
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