Historical Events in the 1900s

30 Nov 1900Oscar Wilde dies (Paris, France)
Links: Wikipedia
Feb 1901Painter Frances Hodgkins leaves New Zealand for Europe (New Zealand)
Hodgkins and close friend Dorothy Richmond would later travel through Europe together.
Links: Te Ara, Papers Past
18 Jun 1902Writer Samuel Butler dies (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Wikipedia, GayNZ.net, Te Ara
23 Dec 1902Civil libertarian Walter Scott is born (Canterbury region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
9 Feb 1903Writer James Courage is born (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
23 Mar 1903Writer Norris Frank Davey (a.k.a Frank Sargeson) is born (Hamilton, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
17 Jun 1906Writer Eric McCormick is born (Rangitikei region, New Zealand)
McCormick wrote, among other works, biographies on Alexander Turnbull and Frances Hodgkins
Links: Te Ara
29 Nov 1906Diplomat Alister McIntosh is born (Marlborough region, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
20 Dec 1906Bertha Victor (a.k.a Bert Rotciv) is arrested (Sydney, Australia)
The NZ Truth headline reads "Boy Bertha, a Perplexing Puzzle."
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
1907Katherine Mansfield has a relationship with Maata Mahupuku (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mansfield also begins a relationship with Edie Bendall.
Links: Te Ara
23 Mar 1907The NZ Truth reports that Oscar Wilde's play Salome is prohibited in New York (New York, United States of America)
Links: Papers Past
22 Apr 1907Bertha Victor appears in court charged with drunkenness, vagrancy, and using obscene language (Auckland, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past
29 Jun 1907The Girlhood of a Man by N. O. Body is reviewed in the New Zealand Herald (Berlin, Germany)
The autobiography of "Nobody" was published in Berlin. It documents the life of Nora/Norbet who was born in 1884.
Links: Papers Past
Jul 1908Katherine Mansfield leaves for England (Wellington, New Zealand)
Mansfield leaves shortly after her father reads Leves Amores.
Links: GayNZ.net, Te Ara
4 Aug 1908The Crimes Act 1908 is enacted (New Zealand)
Section 153-154 (p.598) states that everyone is liable to life imprisonment with hard labour if convicted of buggery, and upto ten-years imprisonment with hard labour for a male convicted of indecently assaulting another male.
Links: Early New Zealand Statutes
28 Aug 1908Dennis William Quill appears in court charged with being idle and disorderly (Wellington, New Zealand)
Quill was arrested wearing female attire near Pirie Street. He assured the judge that he bought the clothing out of "sheer devilment" and was wearing them for a similar fantasy. The charge was dismissed.
Links: Evening Post
16 Apr 1909Bette Armstrong is born (New Zealand)
Links: Billion Graves
27 Apr 1909Amy Bock pleads guilty to forgery charges (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
17 Jun 1909The marriage of Percival Redwood (a.k.a. Amy Bock) and Agnes Ottaway is annulled (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Papers Past, Te Ara
27 Jul 1909Writer and poet Charles Brasch is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara
20 Aug 1909Artist Rodney Kennedy is born (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Links: Te Ara