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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’.
Twenty-four New Zealanders were killed in this battle during the South African (Boer) War. A total of 230 New Zealanders died while serving in New Zealand's first overseas war.
South African War 1899-1902Guerrilla war: 1901-1902 - NZ in the South African War
The final detachment of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment departed from New Zealand, leaving the Armed Constabulary (formed in 1867) responsible for the colony's internal defence. more...
End of the New Zealand Wars
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