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Election poster, 1853

Election poster, 1853

English settlers were prominent in the agitation for representative government in New Zealand from the late 1840s, and English Chartism helped shape the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852. Two Wellington settlers, William Fitzherbert and Charles Clifford, stood as Liberal candidates in the first elections for the Wellington Provincial Council in 1853.

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Terry Hearn, 'English - Contribution to government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Terry Hearn, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015