In 1855 the Nelson Provincial Council considered a bill that would enable the superintendent of the province to appoint a commission of inquiry – thought to be New Zealand's first. The commission was 'to inquire into and consider what System of Education should be adopted for the Province'. Ultimately it recommended a secular system of primary education.
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Reference: Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 13 January, 1855, p. 3
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