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When nine-year-old Vincent Aspey persuaded his mother to buy a violin he had spotted in a second-hand shop she was dubious that he would practice, let alone come to be described as ‘synonymous with orchestral development in New Zealand’.
HMS Britomart arrived at Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula, a week before a shipload of French colonists landed. The ship's captain raised the Union Jack to confirm British sovereignty over the area. more...
European explorers - exploration of New ZealandHistory of New Zealand, 1769-1914
3 March 1960 Barry Crump's novel A good keen man published
4 March 1855 Legendary sheep rustler James Mackenzie caught
5 March 1830 Outbreak of the Girls' War at Kororāreka
6 March 1947 Debut performance of NZ Symphony Orchestra
7 March 1842 First official execution in NZ
8 March 1929 First 'talkie' draws huge crowds in Wellington
9 March 1956 Death of Opo the friendly dolphin