1956 New Zealand Open: Played at Shirley on 11, 12 and 13 October in good conditions, though gales on the final day did cause some concern.
With the presence of an Australian amateur team and the New Zealand team chosen to play them, it was no great surprise that the amateurs should dominate this event. Ernie Southerden was the sole professional in the top seven finishers.
The Australian champion H.W. Berwick played fine golf on the final day scoring 71 in each round to hold out Charles and Jones, and though the absence of world-class professionals could have been noted at this time, so also was the growing number of young amateurs, many to make their mark in the future.