In 1856, on his own doubtful initiative, Governor Thomas Gore Browne (left) persuaded reluctant ministers to let him retain control of native affairs and defence. The government took back both posts at the end of Gore Browne's term, but in the meantime he was in the firing line of critics such as Bishop George Selwyn – as illustrated in this clumsily drawn cartoon which appeared in Taranaki Punch in March 1861, as the first Taranaki war came to an end. The demonic shadow behind the bishop shows where the paper’s sympathies lay.
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