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Declaration of war, 1914

Declaration of war, 1914

A crowd stands in front of Parliament Buildings as Prime Minister William Massey (middle centre, with white moustache) announces that the British Empire is at war with Germany in August 1914. The leader of the opposition, Joseph Ward, is to the right (black moustache). The First World War was one of only three occasions in the 20th century when elections were suspended and New Zealand’s parliamentary term was longer than three years. The other times when this happened were during the economic depression of the early 1930s, and during the Second World War.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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Nigel S. Roberts, 'Electoral systems - Turning votes into seats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Nigel S. Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015