Story: Australians

‘Aut Caesar aut nullus’ – ‘I will be Caesar or nothing’ (3rd of 6)

‘Aut Caesar aut nullus’ – ‘I will be Caesar or nothing’

Australian supporters of federation wanted New Zealand to join. In this image, one 1899 cartoonist for New Zealand Graphic has depicted a major obstacle: New Zealand’s premier, ‘King Dick’ Seddon wanting to carry on paddling his own (little) boat.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: J-040-007
Cartoon by Ashley Hunter

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'Australians - Neighbouring nations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2021)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015