Wellington Anniversary Day

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2020 Date20 January 2020
2021 Date25 January 2021
Wellington Anniversary Day

Wellington Anniversary Day History

Wellington Anniversary Day celebrates the arrival of the first organized settlers to the islands of New Zealand. On 22 January 1840, a ship named Aurora brought nearly 150 settlers of the New Zealand Company from England to Wellington, New Zealand. The day was first celebrated in 1841 with a horse race on Te Aro Flat.

Wellington Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on the Monday closest to January 22nd. The day is celebrated within the boundaries of the former Wellington Province in New Zealand.

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Wellington Anniversary Day Facts & Quotes

  • The journey from England to New Zealand was by ship and lasted 4 long months at sea.
  • In 1840, the city name of Wellington was chosen to honor the Duke of Wellington, an avid supporter of the New Zealand Company.
  • Prior to the Aurora, Tory, the first ship of the New Zealand Company, arrived in New Zealand on 22 September 1839.
  • The first European settlement in New Zealand was called Britannia, now present day Petone.
  • Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say. This was their finest hour. - Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister

Wellington Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Petone Settlers Museum to understand more about the expeditions that led to the birth of Wellington as a city.
  • Generate awareness for the day on social media by using hashtags #Wellington, #WellingtonDay and #WellingtonNZ.
  • Visit the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial. The Memorial was built to commemorate the arrival of the first wave of British immigrants who helped establish the city.
  • Take a look at the Tatou exhibition to gain a better understanding of the early beginnings of Wellington and Petone.
  • Read a book about New Zealand's history to gain a better understanding of the British colonization that led to present day New Zealand. Some of our favorites include: The British Colonization of New Zealand, Colonization and Development in New Zealand and The Penguin History of New Zealand.

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