Story: The New Zealanders

A handbill, 1851

A handbill, 1851

At the beginning of the 1850s white settlers did not describe themselves as New Zealanders. This handbill, about the debates over a new constitution, was addressed to both ‘fellow settlers’ and ‘fellow colonists’, but not ‘fellow New Zealanders’. It would be 10 years before that term was used.

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Reference: Eph-D-Politics-Wellington 1851-01

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Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - European New Zealanders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015