New Zealand History


1971 End of the line for steam railways

The Christchurch-Dunedin overnight express, headed by a JA-class locomotive, ran the last scheduled steam-hauled service on New Zealand Railways, bringing to an end 108 years of regular steam rail operations in this country.

1949 Foundation of IHC

A meeting in Wellington set up an interim committee for the Intellectually Handicapped Children's Parents' Association (IHCPA), the forerunner of IHC.

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25 October October


James K Baxter

29 Jun 1926 - 22 Oct 1972

Acknowledged as New Zealand’s most accomplished poet, Baxter is also well-known for his wild lifestyle and the religious community he established on the banks of the Whanganui River.

New Zealand and the First World War

New Zealand and the First World War

The First World War had a seismic impact on New Zealand, reshaping the country's perception of itself and its place in the world.

Women's Suffrage Petition

Suffrage Petition

The 1893 Women's suffrage petition — signed by more than 25,000 women, about a fifth of the enture adult European female population — helped pave the way for the passage of New Zealand's world-leading Electoral Act in September 1893.

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Memorials Register

Memorials Register

Find exact locations and further information for more than 900 memorials throughout New Zealand.

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