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Timeline: Whanganui

2 November 1915

  • Composer Douglas Lilburn is born (Whanganui). Link: Te Ara

15 May 1920

  • Charles Mackay shoots and wounds D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui). Mackay is the Mayor of Wanganui at the time. Links:, Te Ara

27 May 1920

  • Charles Mackay is sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of D'Arcy Cresswell (Whanganui). Mackay had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge. In the hope of mitigating Mackay's sentence, his defense lawyer pointed to how Mackay had been suffering from homo-sexual monomania for a number of years. Link: Papers Past


  • Wanganui Gay Rights Group is formed (Whanganui)

July 1977

  • Gay Pride Week activities are organised (Whanganui)


  • The Wanganui Gay Rights Group ends (Whanganui)

9 March 2019

  • The first Whanganui Pride March is held (Whanganui). The march went from by the market, along the river bank, over Dublin St Bridge, through Kowhai Park, over the City Bridge to the market. Link: Facebook

27 February 2021

  • Whanganui Pride takes place (Whanganui). The festival runs from 27 February - 6 March 2021. Link: Pride Whanganui