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On the stump, Greytown, 1899 (1st of 3)

On the stump, Greytown, 1899

Prime Minister Richard Seddon is shown here addressing a Liberal Party rally in Greytown in the 1890s. Going on the stump, as public campaigning and speechmaking was known, was denounced by some observers when George Grey (a former governor who became an MP) did it in 1879. However, by the 1890s it was accepted. A populist who worked hard to maintain his own popularity, Seddon frequently toured the country speaking at meetings and banquets, and meeting deputations. Known for a superb memory (helped out by briefings from his private secretary), Seddon projected an expansive friendliness and sympathy. In this photograph he is shown wearing his trademark frock coat with a flower in the buttonhole.

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Bryce Edwards, 'Elections and campaigns - Election campaigning', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2020)

Story by Bryce Edwards, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2016