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Celebrating Dominion Day (2nd of 2)

Celebrating Dominion Day

New Zealand became a dominion just six years after it decided not to join the Australian federation. The lights that decorated Parliament Buildings when dominion status was proclaimed (using new-fangled electricity) spelled out an optimistic slogan reflecting confidence that New Zealand could make progress on its own.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Watt Collection
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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - From colony to nation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 March 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016