Story: National anthems

John Woods: handwritten manuscript (3rd of 4)

As well as asking Thomas Bracken for a manuscript of the words of 'God defend New Zealand', Premier George Grey requested a copy of the music from its composer, John Woods. This manuscript in Woods's hand was possibly prepared in a hurry, because it contains an error in the third bar, where a C-natural appears instead of a D-flat.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: GNZMS 296

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'National anthems - History of ‘God defend New Zealand’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012