Story: Cartooning

Seddon as commander-in-chief, 1902

Seddon as commander-in-chief, 1902

This 1902 Fred Hiscocks cartoon makes fun of Richard 'King Dick' Seddon's domineering personality and love of imperial pomp and show. Seddon's larger-than-life personality was a godsend for cartoonists. A keen supporter of the British Empire, he was prone to giving British political and military leaders unwanted advice. Seddon was often portrayed with a medal bearing the initials PC, symbolising his appointment as a privy councillor, of which he was very proud.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Ercildoune Frederick Hiscocks

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Ian F. Grant, 'Cartooning - Cartooning in a new land, 1840 to 1899', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/41727/seddon-as-commander-in-chief-1902 (accessed 21 October 2018)

Story by Ian F. Grant, published 22 Oct 2014