Story: Constitution

'King Dick', around 1900

'King Dick', around 1900

Premier Richard Seddon, who was nicknamed 'King Dick', exemplified a tendency towards authoritarian government in New Zealand in the 19th century. This watercolour caricature of Seddon illustrates his stature and commanding presence.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-122-002
Watercolour by A. Vyvyan Hunt

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Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - The rise and bridling of executive power', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2024)

Story by Matthew Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012