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Ceremonial implements

Ceremonial implements

A display case at Parliament Buildings contains a range of ceremonial hammers, keys and trowels used by politicians to lay foundation stones, open buildings and turn the first sod on construction projects. Many date from Richard John Seddon's time as premier.

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Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - Premiers, 1856–1891', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 June 2023)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Dec 2016