This carefully handwritten petition was addressed to Governor George Bowen in 1877 by residents of Hamilton East and Hamilton West. They formally requested to merge their two 'township highway districts' (settlements based on earlier roads boards) into a single borough (town with a population of less than 20,000). Their petition points out that although Hamilton East and Hamilton West 'comprise one continuous area', they were officially parts of two separate counties (rural local-authority districts) – Waipa and Waikato respectively.
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