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New Zealand EXECUTIONS 1842 - 1957

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The following list was taken from the site: Executed in New Zealand from 'Helens' Page'

in Chronological Order:
- Name - Place of Execution - Date of Execution - details if any:

MAKETU, Wiremu Kingi, Auckland, 7 March 1842
- First person to be judicially executed in New Zealand (although not the first person sentenced to death). Convicted of murdering the family for whom he was working as a farm-hand

BURNS Joseph, Auckland, 17 June 1848
- Convicted of murdering a naval officer Lt Snow and his family at Devonport Naval Base in order to rob them

MARORO, Wellington, 19 April 1849
- Convicted of murdering a man and his children in a fit of rage at a previous conviction for theft he denied having any particular connection to his victims

GOOD William, Wellington 17 June 1850
- Convicted of murdering a seaman, John Ellis, aboard the General Palmer, a merchant barque moored in Wellington Harbour

BOWDEN William, Auckland, 27 April 1852
- Convicted of murdering a blacksmith, stabbing him with a knife during a fight

MARSDEN Charles, Auckland, 12 February 1856
- Convicted of murdering a M&#257;ori woman of the Te Arawa iwi. The incident caused significant tension between Te Arawa and the government, with some members of Te Arawa threatening to storm the prison and kill Marsden should the government not act against him

WHITE John, Auckland, 11 July 1856
- Convicted of murdering his partner, Ann Fay, with an axe. It is alleged that he was abusive towards her, and that he killed her when she refused to stay with him and threatened to reveal previous crimes he had committed. White denied the charge, and said that Fay was sought after by one of the witnesses against him, William Harris, and that Harris's mistress, Ann Scott (also a witness), killed Fay out of jealousy.

KILLEY John, Auckland 18 March 1858
- Convicted of murdering a man in Whangarei after a drunken argument

COLLINS James, Wellington, 30 January 1862
- A Colour-Sergeant convicted of murdering an officer who had constantly tried to bully him. The first person to be executed privately, rather than in public.

TAHEREI, Picton, 10 July 1863

HARPER Richard, Auckland,22 September 1863

RUARANGI, Auckland, 18 April 1864
- Convicted of murdering a woman and her daughter on a farm at Kaukapakapa. Another daughter, who was present but survived, told the court that Ruarangi stated an intent to kill other p&#257;keh&#257; in the area, allegedly with the intent of sparking conflict, although the relationship between the settlers and local M&#257;ori was considered relatively good at the time

OKEROA, Nikotema, Auckland, 18 April 1864
- Convicted of murdering Te Waiti, described as a M&#257;ori chief, in the Bay of Islands. Okeroa was argued by some to be mentally incapable (M&#257;ori witnesses used the term porangi).

MCLEAN Alexander, Auckland, 21 October 1864
- Convicted of murdering his wife with a gun. McLean argued that the firearm was discharged accidentally.

JARVEY William Andrew, Dunedin, 24 October 1865
- Convicted of poisoning his wife with strychnine in order to marry his mistress.

JONES John, Dunedin, 6 April 1866
- Convicted of murdering a man at Waipori. Jones was had been drinking heavily, and claimed that he had no recollection of the event.

STACK James, Auckland, 7 April 1866
- Convicted of murdering his mother-inlaw Mary Finniigan aged 55 and her three sons James 17, Benjamin 14 and John 12

MOKOMOKO, Auckland, 17 May 1866
- Convicted of killing Karl Vlkner, a missionary who was believed by the Te Whakatohea iwi to be a government spy

KAHUPAEA Heremita, Auckland, 17 May 1866
- Convicted of killing Karl Vlkner, a missionary who was believed by the Te Whakatohea iwi to be a government spy

TE RAHUI Hakaraia, Auckland, 17 May 1866
- Convicted of killing Karl Vlkner, a missionary who was believed by the Te Whakatohea iwi to be a government spy

PROPITI Horomona, Auckland, 17 May 1866
- Convicted of killing Karl Vlkner, a missionary who was believed by the Te Whakatohea iwi to be a government spy

KIRIMANGU Mikaere, Auckland 17 May 1866
- Convicted of killing Karl Vlkner, a missionary who was believed by the Te Whakatohea iwi to be a government spy

BURGESS Richard, Nelson, 5 October 1866
- The Maungatapu Murderers; convicted of murdering and robbing four people on the road from Nelson to the West Coast goldfields. A fourth man, Joseph Sullivan, was spared the death penalty for testifying against the others.

KELLY Thomas, Nelson, 5 October 1866
- The Maungatapu Murderers; convicted of murdering and robbing four people on the road from Nelson to the West Coast goldfields. A fourth man, Joseph Sullivan, was spared the death penalty for testifying against the others.

LEVY, Phillip (William) Nelson, 5 October 1866
- The Maungatapu Murderers; convicted of murdering and robbing four people on the road from Nelson to the West Coast goldfields. A fourth man, Joseph Sullivan, was spared the death penalty for testifying against the others.

WILSON Robert, Nelson, 20 December 1867

SWALES John Densley, Lyttelton. 5 April 1871

WHAKAMAU, Wellington, 23 March 1869

PERI, Hamiora, ellington 16 November 1869
- Charged with treason, and the only person to be executed in New Zealand for a crime other than murder. A participant in Te Kooti's War.

NOBLE Anthony, Hokitika, 16 Febrary 1871
- Convicted of murdering a girl aged nine or ten in Hokitika. Noble eventually gave a confession in which he admitted to murdering and sexually assaulting the girl, although he denied raping her. Noble was originally from Baltimore (newspapers described him as "coloured" his father was African American and his mother was Spanish), and he was working in Hokitika as a casual labourer

CEDENO Simon, Lyttelton, 5 April 1871
- A butler to William Robinson, a wealthy land-owner and a member of the Legislative Council. Convicted of murdering a maid of the household, apparently after suffering racist insults. Cedeno was from Central America, and was black

KEREOPA Te Rau, Napier, 5 January 1872
- A leader of the Pai Marire religious movement convicted of involvement in the Volkner Incident (five others already having been executed see above).

EPPWRIGHT, Joseph, Auckland, 29 July 1873
- An American sailor convicted of murdering a man named Thomas Garrity while in port at Russell. "EPPWRIGHT, a constable, who stabbed another constable, was hanged at Auckland on 29 July. He made a speech exculpating Fisher, stating that he stabbed GARITY in the heat of a quarrel without intent to kill him. He denied that he had ever been in gaol before. After the cap was fitted the drop was knocked off but only 6 inches and efforts to pull it down proved ineffectual. The culprit was then taken off, the drop was readjusted and the second time it fell clear, causing instantaneous death.

DYER Charles, Auckland, 30 October 1874
- Convicted of murdering his mistress by dousing her in kerosene and then setting her alight

NUTANA, Auckland, 19 February 1875

MERCER John Robinson, Lyttelton, 7 May 1875
- A ship's cook convicted of raping and murdering a young girl while in port at Lyttelton

WOODGATE William Henry, Picton, 25 January 1877
- William Henry Woodgate was born at Beer, Devon, UK, in 1827 and was baptised on 1 January 1828. In the 1841 Census, he was living at Signal House, Beer, with his parents Robert & Elizabeth Woodgate and his younger siblings. Willam who married Margaret (Mary Ann) Heberley in 1863 was accused and found guilty at the Supreme Court sitting of murder of the newborn baby of his Niece Susan Woodgate who was the daughter of his brother Robert. He was thought to be the father of the child

CURTIN Martin, Auckland, 6 February, 1877

TE MOHI, aka Patiti Mohi, Auckland, 23 May 1877

WALSH James, aka, WELSH, Invercargill, 19 February 1879

AH LEE, dunedin 5 November 1880
- Convicted of murdering Mary Young at the Kyeburn gold diggings near Naseby in order to rob her home. Although he is alleged to have confessed the crime to police, he denied it in court and at the gallows, and his conviction was the subject of considerable public debate

TUHIAUA, Wellington, 29 December 1880
- Convicted of murdering Mary Dobie on the road to Te Namu Bay, near Opunake.

HIROKI Wiremu, new Plymouth, 8 June 1882
- Convicted of murdering John McLean, a member of a government surveying party operating in the area east of Waverley. He is alleged to have acted out of belief that McLean had been killing his pigs.

WINIATA Taurngakam Auckland, 4 August, 1882

DONOHUE John, Hokitika, 1 June 1884

EDWARDS Rowland, Herbert, Napier, 15 July 1884

CAFFREY John, Auckland, 21 February 1887
- Convicted of murdering Robert Taylor of Great Barrier Island, father of Caffrey's one-time fiance, Elizabeth Anne Taylor. The intent was to abduct Elizabeth, but they came to believe that they had been detected, and decided to flee to Valparaso in a vessel stolen from Caffrey's employers. They were forced to turn back by a storm, and managed to hide for a time in Australia before being returned to New Zealand. A third person Grace Cleary, accompanied the two, and was charged as an accessory.

PENN Henry Albert, Auckland, 21 February 1887
- Convicted of murdering Robert Taylor of Great Barrier Island, father of Caffrey's one-time fiance, Elizabeth Anne Taylor. The intent was to abduct Elizabeth, but they came to believe that they had been detected, and decided to flee to Valparaso in a vessel stolen from Caffrey's employers. They were forced to turn back by a storm, and managed to hide for a time in Australia before being returned to New Zealand. A third person Grace Cleary, accompanied the two, and was charged as an accessory.

TE PIRI, Haira, Napier, 13 May 1889

WATA Makoare, Napier, 28 September, 1889

SCOTT Alexander James, Auckland, 22 May 1893
- A resident of Waikumete (then spelled Waikomiti, and usually considered part of Glen Eden today) who was convicted of poisoning his neighbour, allegedly in order to more easily continue a claimed relationship with the victim's wife. Scott claimed that the deceased had committed suicide, and that he had previously spoken of doing so

DEAN Williamina, 'Minnie' Invercargill, 12 August 1895
- The only woman to be executed in New Zealand. A "baby-farmer" convicted of killing children in her care

BOSHER Stephen, Wellington, 21 April 1897

SHEEHAN William, Lyttelton, 21 July 1897

PHILPOT Frank, Wellington, 23 March 1893
- Convicted of murdering a rival for the affection of a woman

CLEMENTS Charles, Dunedin, 12 April 1878

ENOKA, New Plymouth, 2 May 1898
- Convicted of murdering his wife.

MCLEAN Alexander, Lyttelton, 31 August 1901
- Convicted of murdering a woman and her two children in Eyreton. McLean was the family's manservant, and is alleged to have killed them in order to rob the house

ELLIS James, Wellington, 28 February 1905
- Convicted of murdering Len Collinson, who worked clearing bush at Te Awaite, in southern Wairarapa. Ellis had been accused of minor criminal acts in the area, and Collinson had attempted to drive Ellis away from the work camp it was reported that Collinson was aware of Ellis's previous conviction for rape

KAKA Tahi, Auckland, 21 June 1911
- Convicted of murdering John Freeman, a gum-digger in Northland, while robbing him. Kaka's execution gave rise to controversy because of his youth

BIDDLE Alfred Mottram, Lyttelton, 13 December 1913
- A blacksmith from Mayfield who was convicted of murdering the wife of a man who had hired him. Biddle stated that he did not know why he committed the crime, and denied suggestions that he had sexual motivations. He apparently attempted to commit suicide by poison while hiding from police.

ROTTMAN Arthur, Wellington, 18 March 1915
- Convicted of murdering Joseph and Mary McCann, who employed him on their farm, with an axe.

BENNIER Frank Edward, Wellington, 19 January 1918
- Convicted of murdering his wife, Ethel Emma Bennier, when she decided to leave him.

EGGERS Frederick William, Lyttelton, 5 March 1918
- Convicted of murdering John Coulthard (and attempting to murder two others) in the course of holding up a vehicle transporting miners' wages in Runanga.

GUNN Dennis, Auckland, 22 June 1920
- Convicted of shooting Augustus Edward Braithwaite, the postmaster of Ponsonby, to obtain the keys to the local post office which he later robbed. The first person executed in New Zealand based on fingerprint evidence

THORNE Samuel John, Auckland, 20 December 1920
- Convicted of shooting Sydney Seymour Eyre, near Pukekohe. He was alleged to be in some form of relationship with Eyre's wife (who was said by prosecutors to be unwilling).

TE KAHU Hakaraia, Auckland, 10 October 1921

TUHI John, Wellington 19 April 1923

COOPER Daniel Richard, wellington, 16 June 1923
- A "baby-farmer"at Newlands near Wellington, convicted of killing children in his care (his wife was found "not guilty").

SCOTT Robert Herbert, Auckland, 17 April 1924

MUNN Arthur Thomas, Auckland, 17 April 1924
- A Northcote man convicted of poisoning his wife Lillie in order to inherit her property and marry his mistress.

COATS George Errol, Wellington 17 Decemer 1931
- A worker on the Mount Victoria Tunnel excavations, convicted of murdering his pregnant girlfriend and hiding her body on the site

TARRANT Edward, Wellington, 6 March 1933

EDWARDS John Hubert, Auckland, 11 December 1933

JAMES George Edward, Wellington, 15 December 1933

BAYLY William Alfred 'Bill', Auckland, 20 July 1984
- A farmer convicted of murdering his neighbours, and suspected of earlier murdering his cousin

PRICE Charles William, Wellington, 27 June 1935
- Allegedly an alcoholic, convicted of murdering his mistress in a field near Napier. Allegedly for a small sum of money, after an all day drinking session

Capital punishment abolished for ordinary crimes 1935-1950

FIORI William Geovanni Silveo, Auckland, 13 March 1952
- hanged for shooting and killing a timber mill manager and his wife while stealing 1010 of the mill's payroll from their home at Minginui, 95km southeast of Rotorua, in 1951. John Arthur Gabolinscy and Marie Eveleen Gabolinscy had collected the money from the bank the day before

TE RONGAPATAHI Eruera, Aucklanmd, 14 September 1953
- Convicted of murdering James Henderson, a taxi driver, at Mt. Somers Township on June 1953

WHITELAND, Harry, Auckland, 21 December 1953
- Convicted of murdering 19 year old Dorothy Rose Haldane, a Railways booking clerk at Reefton Railway Station on 27 August 1953

FOSTER Frederick, Auckland. 7 July 1955
- Convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend at a milk bar on Queen Street

TE WHIU, Edward Thomas, Auckland, 18 August 1955
- Convicted of murdering an elderly woman who discovered him during a burglary

ALLWOOD Harvey Eric, Auckland, 13 October 1955
- Convicted of murdering John Hughes of Makarewa.

BLACK Albert Laurence, Auckland, 5 December 1955
- Convicted of murdering Alan Keith Jacques at a cafe on Queen St. Auckland on 26 July 1955

BOLTON Walter James, Auckland, 18 February 1957
- Last person judicially executed before the abolition of capital punishment in New Zealand. Found guilty of poisoning his wife.

AUSTRALIAN EXECUTIONS 1880 - 1967

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by janilye on 2011-03-14 09:43:42

This is interesting. Is there an aussie list like this anywhere. Jan

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