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Rutherford's discoveries about the
nature of atoms shaped modern science and paved the way for nuclear physics.
Einstein referred to him as the 'second Newton' who ‘tunneled into the very
material of God’.
The lighthouse on Pencarrow Head was lit for the first time amid great celebration. After years of inadequate solutions Wellington finally had a permanent lighthouse – a New Zealand first.
Timeline - Pencarrow LighthouseThe lighthouse and its surroundings - Pencarrow LighthousePencarrow Lighthouse
The Legislative Council was New Zealand's Upper House, to which members were appointed, not elected. It was abolished in 1950 by government legislation. more...
The House of RepresentativesPolitical and constitutional timeline1951 - key events
9 December 1899 NZ troops fire first shots during South African War
10 December 1908 Rutherford wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
11 December 1907 Parliament's library escapes great fire
12 December 1961 First Golden Kiwi lottery draw
13 December 1939 Battle of the River Plate
14 December 1843 First Auckland A and P Show
15 December 1944 Poll tax on Chinese immigrants abolished