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1939 in New Zealand

1939 in New Zealand


  • Estimated population as of 31 December: 1,641,600 [1]
  • Increase since 31/12/1938: 23,300 (1.44%)
  • Males per 100 females: 103.0


Regal and viceregal


The 26th New Zealand Parliament continued with the Labour Party in government.

Parliamentary opposition

Main centre leaders


  • 3 September: New Zealand declares war on Germany

Arts and literature

See 1939 in art, 1939 in literature, Category:1939 books


See: 1939 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: Category:1939 film awards, 1939 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1939 films

Appointments and awards

See: New Zealand Order of Merit, Order of New Zealand



  • Clarrie Gibbons wins the national title in the men's marathon, clocking 2:44:56.2 on 11 March 1939 in Napier.


A second interprovincial championship is held even though there is still no national association.[6] (see 1938 and 1946)

  • Interpovincial Champions: Men - Wellington


  • The 48th National Chess Championship was held in Wanganui, and was won by J.B. Dunlop of Dunedin (his 5th title).[7]


Horse racing

Harness racing

Rugby union

Category:Rugby union in New Zealand, Category:All Blacks

Rugby league

New Zealand national rugby league team



Category:1939 births


Category:1939 deaths

See also


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand:Historical Population Estimates
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  3. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Poverty Bay Herald". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 21 September 2008. 
  6. ^ Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
  7. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions
  8. ^ List of NZ Trotting cup winners
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at
  10. ^ Chatham Cup records,
  11. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999. 
  12. ^ Torpedo Billy Murphy - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia

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