Taranaki Trivia - August
1881 - Cape Egmont Lighthouse shines for the first time.
1844 - Governor Fitzroy sets aside the New Zealand Company's claim for 60,000 acres (24,300 hectares) at Taranaki.
1860 - Arrival of Major-General Sir Thomas Pratt to conduct a campaign against Maori.
1852 - First issue of the Taranaki Herald is published.
1915 - Stratford hero, Lieutenant William George Malone dies at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, in World War I.
1894 - The first edition of the Eltham Guardian is printed in Stratford.
1985 - The New Zealand Geographic Board decides to drop the name Mount Egmont in favour of Mount Taranaki (Egmont).
1860 - Families of settlers are ordered to leave New Plymouth for fear of attack by Maori.
1954 - The ashes of Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck) are returned to Urenui for a memorial ceremony at Okoki Pa, home of the Ngati Mutunga people.
1855 - Taranaki Militia is sworn in.
1876 - The New Plymouth Corporation is proclaimed.
1880 - Te Rangi Hiroa (Sir Peter Buck) (medical doctor, Minister of Native Affairs, anthropologist, administrator, sportsperson, WWI veteran, scholar, museum director and leader of the Maori people) is born in Urenui.
1855 - The first imperial troops land at New Plymouth.
1859 - The Taranaki Provincial Chambers in New Plymouth are destroyed by fire.
1882 - St Andrews (Presbyterian church) in New Plymouth is burnt down by "some unknown incendiary" and the insurance company refuses to pay out.
1860 - A skirmish between Imperial troops and Maori takes place near the barracks at Marsland Hill.
1866 - Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas McDonnell makes his first attack on the south Taranaki pa, Te Ngutu-o-te-manu.
1873 - Work begins on the New Plymouth-Waitara Railway.
2002 - Ferdinand the Bull Mark II is first worn by Morris West at Rugby Park (now Yarrow Stadium) in New Plymouth.
1884 - Taranakian Sir Harry Atkinson is appointed as the New Zealand Premier - until 3 September 1884. This is the record for the shortest term ever served. Atkinson was premier five times.
1877 - The railway to Inglewood opens.
1895 - Hawera's Great Fire in which two men die and 17 businesses are gutted.
1847 - Francis Dillon Bell arrives in New Plymouth to become the resident agent for the New Zealand Company. Bell Block is named after him.