Story: Premiers and prime ministers

Image-making: Joseph Gordon Coates, 1919 (3rd of 4)

Image-making: Joseph Gordon Coates, 1919

Tall and handsome, new Reform Party leader Gordon Coates became known as ‘the jazz premier’ after his election win in 1925. As this 1919 studio portrait suggests, it also helped to have a good war record.

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Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - Party leadership', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

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