Story: Treasury

‘Is that your financial statement?’ (3rd of 3)

Harry Atkinson (depicted here as a schoolboy clutching his slate) was both premier and colonial treasurer in 1882. George Grey (shown as a stern schoolmaster) was leader of the opposition but also a former governor who had appointed colonial treasurers, and a premier who had worked with them. In colonial times the annual financial statement of the government’s accounts was very much regarded as the treasurer’s personal responsibility.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-095-040
Cartoon by William Hutchison

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Treasury - The Treasury, 1840 to 1935', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/34928/is-that-your-financial-statement (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 20 Jun 2012