The superintendents of the original provinces were elected by voters and this gave them considerable prominence in provincial affairs. Men such as Isaac Featherston (Wellington), William Moorhouse (Canterbury), and William Cargill and James Macandrew (Otago) were, by virtue of the office, among the leading men in their respective provinces. Nelson was one of the smaller provinces and Oswald Curtis (1821–1902), its superintendent from 1867, was not so prominent, although he held office until the abolition of the provinces in 1876 and was also MP for Nelson City from 1866 to 1879.
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