1939 in New Zealand

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1939 in New Zealand
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The following lists events that happened during 1939 in New Zealand.


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,641,600 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1938: 23,300 (1.44%)
  • Males per 100 females: 103.0


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 26th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


Arts and literature[edit]

See 1939 in art, 1939 in literature, Category:1939 books


See: 1939 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1939 film awards, 1939 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1939 films



  • Clarrie Gibbons wins the national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:44:56.2 on 11 March 1939 in Napier.


A second interprovincial championship is held even though there is still no national association.[7] (see 1938 and 1946)

  • Interpovincial Champions: Men - Wellington


  • The 48th National Chess Championship was held in Wanganui, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 5th title).[8]


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks

Rugby league[edit]

New Zealand national rugby league team



Category:1939 births


Category:1939 deaths

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Hensley, Gerald (2009). Beyond the Battlefield: New Zealand and its Allies 1939-45. Auckland: Penguin/Viking. p. 20. ISBN 9780670074044. 
  5. ^ http://www.solidenergy.co.nz/ab-press-details.asp?id=58
  6. ^ "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  7. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  8. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  10. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Chatham Cup records, nzsoccer.com Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  13. ^ Torpedo Billy Murphy - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia

External links[edit]

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