Story: National anthems

Royal thanks

John Woods held the copyright for 'God defend New Zealand' from 1877 until 1914, and tirelessly promoted the song. In 1897 he asked Premier Richard Seddon to present a copy to Queen Victoria when Seddon attended her 60th jubilee celebrations in England. This is Seddon's letter to Woods, conveying the Queen's thanks.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Joseph Woods Collection
Reference: MS-Papers-0355-04

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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