Historical Events in the 1960s

21 Feb 1960Poet Walter D'Arcy Cresswell dies (London, United Kingdom)
Cresswell dies of accidental gas poisioning.
Links: Te Ara, GayNZ.net
10 Sep 1960Plastic surgeon Harold Gillies dies (London, United Kingdom)
Gillies is widely considered the father of plastic surgery and gender-reassignment surgery.
Links: Wikipedia
31 Oct 1960Darren Horn is born (New Zealand)
Horn was an early convener of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Links: New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
1961A Way of Love (1959) by James Courage is banned (New Zealand)
The book is censored on "grounds of indecency, and because it lacked redeeming literary merit". It is banned under the censorship provisions in place prior to the setting up of the Indecent Publications Tribunal in 1964.
Links: Te Ara, WorldCat
1962The Dorian Society is formed (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Society is the first documented organisation for homosexual men in New Zealand.
Links: Wikipedia
1962Two men are discharged without conviction for indecent acts (New Zealand)
The Magistrate comments that the law "is soon to change". Police prosecutors appeal, and the decision is overturned
1963The Dorian Society forms a legal subcommittee to work towards homosexual law reform (New Zealand)
5 Oct 1963Writer James Courage dies (London, United Kingdom)
Links: Te Ara
1964The Purple Onion opens (Wellington, New Zealand)
Pasi Daniels (a.k.a. Pasi Tunupopo) returns to Wellington after performing at Les Girls and the Purple Onion in Sydney to open Wellington's first drag revue club.
Links: Stuff
1964Writer Paula Boock is born (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia
23 Jan 1964Charles Aberhart is beaten to death by a group of teenagers in Hagley Park (Christchurch, New Zealand)
11 May 1964The six teenagers accused of killing Charles Aberhart are all acquitted by a jury (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Those acquitted were Zane Leslie McDonald, Anthony Dennis O'Connor, Frank Leicester Reynolds, Raymond Clive Neither, Brian Francis Johns and Roger Malcolm Williams.
Links: Spinoff, GayNZ.net
12 Aug 1965Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai dies (New Zealand)
Ngawai was a prolific Ngati Porou songwriter, composer, teacher and shearer who had close relationships with women. One of Ngawai's most famous songs Arohaina mai became the unofficial hymn of the Maori Battalion.
Links: Te Ara
9 Jan 1966Carmen Rupe is arrested with behaving in an offensive manner in a public place (Auckland, New Zealand)
The offensive manner was because Carmen was wearing female clothing: a black frock, black silk stockings and high-heeled shoes. "His face was made up with cosmetics and his hair was dressed in a feminine style."
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
21 Jan 1966Television report: artist Theo Schoon talks about the gourd art (New Zealand)
Ref TZP115473.
Links: TVNZ
24 Jan 1966Carmen Rupe appears in court charged with behaving in an offensive manner (Auckland, New Zealand)
The charge relates to Rupe dressing in female clothing in public. Rupe challenges the charge.
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
26 Jan 1966Justice McCarthy dismisses the case against Carmen Rupe (Auckland, New Zealand)
Justice McCarthy's decision notes that he is "quite unable to find anything in our law which says that it is unlawful for a male to attire himself in female clothing."
Links: WorldCat, Google Books
Nov 1966Raewyn Petley is found dead in her bed with a deep wound to her neck (New Zealand)
Doreen Ellen Davis is charged with her murder.
1967Television news report: changing morality standards (New Zealand)
Ref TZP46386.
Links: TVNZ
Mar 1967Doreen Ellen Davis is found not guilty of murdering Raewyn Petley (New Zealand)
Davis' defence argued that she had been "befriended by a woman outwardly kind and sympathetic but inwardly a hunting lesbian"
11 Apr 1967Stanley Waipouri is born (Auckland region, New Zealand)
Waipouri was killed in Palmerston North in 2006.
Links: GayNZ.com
17 Apr 1967A public meeting endorses the formation of the Wolfenden Association (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Association is soon renamed the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society.
Links: Wikipedia, LAGANZ
26 Jun 1967Radio: Rev Godfrey Wilson broadcasts a nationwide sermon reflecting on homosexuality (New Zealand)
The Reverend broadcasts from St Peter's Anglican church in Willis Street, Wellington. The anti-discrimination sermon is possibly the first of its kind to be heard in New Zealand.
Links: PrideNZ.com
Jul 1967Lord Cobham declines an invitation to be patron of the Wolfenden Association (New Zealand)
Lord Cobham replied that "these people are mentally sick."
28 Jul 1967The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalises homosexual acts in England and Wales (United Kingdom)
The age of consent is set at 21.
1968Television news report: a Katherine Mansfield memorial is pulled down to make way for a new motorway (Wellington, New Zealand)
Ref TZP107495.
Links: TVNZ
1968Writer and musician Hinemoana Baker is born (New Zealand)
29 Feb 1968Composer Gareth Farr is born (New Zealand)
Links: Wikipedia, NZ on Screen
8 Oct 1968A petition signed by 75 prominent New Zealanders calling for homosexual law reform is presented to parliament (New Zealand)
The petition is presented to parliament by Labour MP A.H. Nordmeyer on behalf of the New Zealand Homosexual Law Reform Society.
8 Nov 1968Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
Links: Hansard
8 Nov 1968Television news report: Parliament's Petitions Committee reports back on the Homosexual Law Reform petition (New Zealand)
The Petitions Committee has no recommendation to make on the petition when it is returned to the House. MPs, by way of a voice vote, accept the committee's report. NZBC news, ref TZP86826. This item has been digitised and an online viewing copy can be requested from the archive.
Links: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (1), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision (2)
1969Aquarius Inc. is formed (Auckland, New Zealand)
The social group is established in the late 1960s (exact date unknown).
1969Television feature: the life of Katherine Mansfield (New Zealand)
Ref TZP142219.
Links: TVNZ
1969Television news report: a look at the new Katherine Mansfield memorial (Wellington, New Zealand)
Ref: TZP107494.
Links: TVNZ
28 Jun 1969The Stonewall riots take place (New York, United States of America)
Links: Wikipedia
14 Sep 1969Television feature: playwright and actor Bruce Mason (New Zealand)
Ref TZP76726.
Links: TVNZ