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Richard Seddon's cabinet (1st of 2)

Richard Seddon's cabinet

Colonial cabinets were small because the state was small, and because Britain carried out New Zealand’s external relations.

Although critics derided Richard ‘King Dick’ Seddon for being a one-man cabinet, this photograph, taken between 1903 and 1906, shows that he let others share the cabinet table. Here, from left, Charles Mills, Thomas Duncan, James McGowan, Sir Joseph Ward (prime minister, 1906–12 and 1928–30), Seddon, William Hall-Jones (briefly prime minister in 1906), Albert Pitt, Sir James Carroll and Mahuta Te Wherowhero sit around the table.

Seddon’s cabinet room has been restored and can be visited at the Government Buildings Historic Reserve, across the road from the parliamentary complex.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Babbage Collection (PAColl-0364)
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Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - The role of prime minister', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

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