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Illuminated address featuring Zealandia

Illuminated address featuring Zealandia

In this watercolour frontispiece from an illuminated address to Lieutenant Colonel Alfred W. Robin, Zealandia (a representation of New Zealand), wearing the national flag as a cape, welcomes an officer while a trooper and Māori chief look on. The address was presented to Robin by the officers of the Otago and Southland military district in 1901 on his return from South Africa. Robin had commanded the 1st New Zealand Regiment in South Africa, an amalgam of the first three contingents. New Zealand's participation in the South African War unleashed a high level of patriotism and the figure of Zealandia, the dutiful daughter of Britannia, became a common nationalistic motif.

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New Zealand Herald of Arms Extraordinary, P. P. O'Shea collection

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Jock Phillips, 'South African War - The legacy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/36205/illuminated-address-featuring-zealandia (accessed 20 October 2017)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012