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NZ's first lighthouse, Pencarrow, lit for the first time

1859 NZ's first lighthouse, Pencarrow, lit for the first time

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. Read more...

Legislative Council abolished

1951 Legislative Council abolished

The Legislative Council was New Zealand's Upper House, to which members were appointed, not elected. It was abolished in 1950 by government legislation. Read more...