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René Shadbolt led the only New Zealand contingent to the Spanish Civil War. She and fellow nurse, Isobel Dodds, cared for wounded soldiers, particularly those from the International Brigades, from July 1937 to November 1938.
Striking worker Fred Evans was seriously injured in a clash with police and strike-breakers during the bitter dispute at the goldmining town of Waihī. He died the following day.
'Black Tuesday' - the 1912 Waihi strikeFred EvansGrave of Fred EvansNew Zealand crime timeline
20 May 1941 German paratroops assault Crete
21 May 1840 Hobson proclaims sovereignty over NZ
22 May 1884 First NZ Rugby team in action
23 May 1966 Coronation of first Māori Queen
24 May 1943 Turning point in Battle of the Atlantic
25 May 1861 The Press goes to press
26 May 1879 Parihaka ploughing campaign begins