Story: Self-government and independence

Provincial voting paper

Provincial voting paper

A voting paper for the election of the superintendent of Auckland in 1855. This voter, William Cains, a trader, cast his vote for Frederick Whitaker. Whitaker failed to win the position but went on to win the superintendency in 1865. He was also briefly the colony's premier (1863–64) and served several stints as attorney general.

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Reference: S11-148g

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W. David McIntyre, 'Self-government and independence - New Zealand Constitution Act 1852', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 March 2021)

Story by W. David McIntyre, published 20 Jun 2012