Today in Wellington History

New Zealand: Auckland - Christchurch - Dunedin - Maori - Tokelau

Historical Events

Events 1 - 16 of 16

1840-01-22 - New Zealand Company settlers arrive aboard the Aurora at Te Whanganui a Tara, which becomes Port Nicholson, Wellington
1865-07-26 - The capital of New Zealand moves from Auckland to Wellington
1908-08-07 - The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington
1930-01-24 - J E Mills scores 117 on Test Cricket debut, NZ v England, Wellington
1953-03-07 - Jackie McGlew scores 255* v NZ at Wellington
1953-12-24 - Wellington-Auckland (NZ) express train swept away in flood kills 166
1968-04-10 - Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
1973-02-02 - Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington
1974-03-01 - Ian & Greg Chappell make 264 partnership v NZ cricket at Wellington
1982-02-26 - Test Cricket debut of Martin Crowe, v Australia Wellington, run out 9
1991-02-02 - Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
1995-02-14 - Wellington 2-498d & 4-475 beat Canterbury 496 & 2-476d
1996-03-03 - Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
Film Director Peter JacksonFilm Director Peter Jackson 2003-12-01 - "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington New Zealand
2004-11-11 - New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.
2012-11-28 - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" 1st of the Hobbit film series, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, premieres in Wellington New Zealand

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 12 of 12

Short story writer Katherine MansfieldShort story writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-10-14) 1888-10-14 - Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry), Wellington New Zealand, short story writer (Aloe, Garden Party)
1921-02-06 - Bob Scott [Robert], Ruby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
1930-04-18 - Clive Revill, Wellington NZ, actor (Legend of Hell House)
1937-06-01 - Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession), born in Wellington, New Zealand
1945-12-15 - Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), born in Wellington, New Zealand
1964-04-07 - Russell Crowe, Australian/New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), born in Wellington, New Zealand
1968-08-08 - Matthew Lane, Wellington NZ, Nike golfer (1991 S Australian Open-4th)
1970-11-09 - Chantal Brunner, Wellington NZ, long jumper (Olympics-96)
Actor Russell CroweActor Russell Crowe (1964-04-07) 1971-08-18 - Jonathan David Winter, Wellington NZ, 100m backstroker (Olympics-96)
1975-05-02 - Murray William Burdan, Wellington NZ, swimmer (Olympics-96)
1975-08-09 - Mathew James Coad, Wellington NZ, 100m/200m runner (Olympics-96)
1982-05-21 - Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 1 of 1

1869-11-16 - Hamiora Pere is hanged for treason at the Terrace Gaol, Wellington - only New Zealander ever to be executed for treason

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