Today in Wellington History

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

Historical Events

  • 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-release-premierFilm Premier

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

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1888-10-14 Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry), Wellington New Zealand, short story writer (Aloe, Garden Party)

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1945-12-15 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 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

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