1947 in New Zealand

1947 in New Zealand


* Estimated Population as of 31 December: 1,817,500 http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/24107FC8-E7B5-4CF2-B17C-15E31CCA7D05/0/HistoricalPop.xls]
* Increase since 31/12/1946: 36,300 (2.04%)
* Males per 100 Females: 100.3


Regal and Vice Regal

*Head of State - George VI
*Governor-General - Lieutenant-General The Lord Freyberg VC GCMG KCB KBE DSO [Statistics New Zealand: "New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990". ISSN 0078-0170 page 52]


The 28th New Zealand Parliament continued, with the Labour Party in government.

*Speaker of the House - Robert McKeen (Labour)
*Prime Minister - Peter Fraser
*Minister of Finance - Walter Nash
*Minister of Foreign Affairs - Peter Fraser
*Attorney-General - Rex Mason

Parliamentary opposition

* Leader of the Opposition - Sidney Holland (National Party). [Cite web|url=http://www.elections.org.nz/democracy/leaders-opposition.html|title=Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition|accessdate=2008-04-06]

Main centre leaders

*Mayor of Auckland - John Allum
*Mayor of Hamilton - Harold David Caro
*Mayor of Wellington - William Appleton
*Mayor of Christchurch - Ernest Andrews
*Mayor of Dunedin - Donald Charles Cameron


* 19 January: The TSMV Wanganella, completing her first trans-tasman crossing since World War II, went aground on Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour. All 400 passengers were safely evacuated and the ship was refloated on 6 February but was out of service for a further 22 months. [ [http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/timeline&new_date=06/02 nzhistory.net.nz] ]
* 6 February: First annual Waitangi Day ceremony held by New Zealand Navy in grounds of Treaty house, Waitangi.

*6 March: The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs for the first time

* 18 November: 41 people die in a fire in the Ballantyne's department store in Christchurch.

Arts and literature

See 1947 in art, 1947 in literature,


See: 1947 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: , 1947 in film , List of New Zealand feature films , Cinema of New Zealand,

Appointments and awards

See: New Zealand Order of Merit , Order of New Zealand
*Archbishop of New Zealand
*Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia , see appointments to Diocese



National Champions (Postal Shoot) [In a postal shoot clubs compete on specified dates and the results are posted to the Association.]

*Open Men: W. Burton (Gisborne)
*Open Women: G. Norris (Dunedin)


* George Bromley wins his first national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:58:54 in Auckland.


Horse racing



* Ranfurly Shield

Rugby league

*New Zealand national rugby league team beat Wales 28-20


* Chatham Cup won by Waterside (Wellington)


* 19 February: Tim Shadbolt, politician.
* 9 March: Keri Hulme, writer.
* 9 March: John Lister, golfer.
* 6 May: Alan Dale, actor.
* 6 May (in England): Carl Doy, musician and composer.
* 6 May: Andrew Roberts, cricketer.
* 20 May: Margaret Wilson, politician.
* 27 May: Glenn Turner, cricketer.
* 6 June: Patrick Power, tenor.
* 22 June: Murray Webb, cricketer and caricature artist.
* 27 August: John Morrison, cricketer.
* 2 September: Jim Richards, motor racing driver.
* 13 September: Annette King, politician.
* 22 September: David Trist, cricket player and coach.
* 18 December: Marian Hobbs, politician.

* Bill Hammond, painter.
* Gavan Herlihy, politician.
* Michael Wintringham, public servant.


* 10 February: Winter Hall, silent movie actor.
* 13 May: Frances Hodgkins, painter.
* 17 May: George William Forbes, 22nd Prime minister of New Zealand.

* Duncan McGregor, rugby player.
* Robert Alexander Wright, politician.


See also

* List of years in New Zealand
* Timeline of New Zealand history
* History of New Zealand
* Military history of New Zealand
* Timeline of environmental history of New Zealand
* Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica

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