1878 in New Zealand

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1878 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1878 in New Zealand.


Regal and viceregal[edit]

Government and law[edit]

The 6th New Zealand Parliament continues.

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • 2 February: Alois Lubecki makes the first telephone call in the country, between Dunedin and Milton. Later in the year the first public demonstration of the telephone is made with a call between Blenheim and Nelson.[1]
  • 30 September: Great Flood of 1878 that killed at least three people and several bridges destroyed in Clutha and Southland by torrents caused by the rapid melting of heavy winter snows in Central Otago in Winter. [2]



An Australian team tours New Zealand in January and February, playing seven provincial teams.[4] None of the matches have first-class status as the home sides fielded between 15 and 22 players. A win by the Canterbury XV is the first ever win by a New Zealand side over an international touring team.

Horse racing[edit]

  • New Zealand Cup winner: Maritana
  • New Zealand Derby winner: Natator
  • Auckland Cup winner: Ariel
  • Wellington Cup winner: Lara

Rugby union[edit]

New clubs were formed in Featherston and Carterton, both in the south Wairarapa. Existing football clubs in Gisborne, Palmerston North and Feilding adopted rugby rules.[5]


Ballinger Belt: No competition


  • unknown date {in England): Tom Brindle, politician and activist


See also[edit]


  • Romanos, J. (2001) New Zealand Sporting Records and Lists. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett. ISBN 1-86958-879-7
  1. ^ A. C. Wilson. 'Telecommunications - Telephones, 1877–1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 4-Jul-12
  2. ^ https://nzhistory.govt.nz/page/great-flood-hits-south-island
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966: Ashburton
  4. ^ Itinerary
  5. ^ A. H. McLintock, ed. (1966). "RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  6. ^ 'Williams, William', from An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 18-Sep-2007

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