Story: National anthems

Thomas Bracken: handwritten manuscript (2nd of 3)

When Premier George Grey heard 'God defend New Zealand' performed for the first time, he was so moved that he wrote to Thomas Bracken, asking for the original manuscript of the poem. This handwritten copy of the words, sent by Bracken to Grey in 1878, is held in the Grey collection at Auckland City Libraries.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: GNZMS 6

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'National anthems - History of ‘God defend New Zealand’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012