17 December

New Zealand’s own Eiffel Tower opens

1889 New Zealand’s own Eiffel Tower opens

On 31 March 1889 Gustave Eiffel's famous 300-m tower was officially completed in Paris. Just 8½ months later a 40-m wooden structure modelled on the tower opened at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin Read more...

Ten crew of Cook's ship <em> Adventure </em>  killed and eaten

1773 Ten crew of Cook's ship Adventure killed and eaten

At Wharehunga Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, 10 men serving on the ship accompanying Cook's Resolution died at the hands of Ngāti Kuia and Rangitāne. Read more...

Major Major, mascot of 19 Battalion, dies of sickness

1944 Major Major, mascot of 19 Battalion, dies of sickness

Major Major, No. 1 Dog, 2NZEF, and member/mascot of 19 Battalion since 1939, died of sickness in Italy. He was buried with full military honours at Rimini. Read more...