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Grand reform banquet poster, 1849

Grand reform banquet poster, 1849

In the 1840s members of the New Zealand settler community voiced their demands for democratic representation and self-government. This poster advertises a 'grand reform banquet' held in Wellington in March 1849. Some of the leading lights of Wellington listed here, including Samuel Revans, William Barnard Rhodes and Isaac Featherston, became politicians.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-D-POLITICS-1849-1

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Matthew Palmer, 'Constitution - Representative democracy and Parliament', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Matthew Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012