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Australian commissioners: Ronald Gunn (1st of 3)

Australian commissioners: Ronald Gunn

Ronald Gunn was an overseer at a penitentiary, a justice of the peace and a police magistrate in years prior to serving as a member in each of Tasmania’s houses of Parliament. He became a respected botanist and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in London in 1854. Gunn was one of the three Australian commissioners appointed in 1864 to select a seat of government for New Zealand.

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Stephen Levine, 'Capital city - A new capital', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Aug 2016