Story: Glaciers and glaciation

Richard Seddon at Franz Josef

Richard Seddon at Franz Josef

Premier Richard Seddon poses in front of the Franz Josef Glacier in 1905. An English immigrant, he was proud of the scenery in his adopted country, and was a vigorous advocate for the development of a tourist industry. While steering the Scenery Preservation Act through Parliament in 1903, he spoke nostalgically of the impact the landscape had on him when he arrived in New Zealand.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Glaciers and glaciation - Glaciers and people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2021