Story: Voting rights

Election hustings, Christchurch, 1853

Elections were a fine addition to the social calendar. This drawing of the election of Canterbury’s first provincial superintendent shows a large crowd at the hustings. Along the bottom of the drawing artist Alfred Charles Barker has noted the results: ‘Fitzgerald 135 Tancred 89 Campbell 94’. The winner, James FitzGerald, introduced responsible government to the province – government that is accountable to the legislature, and through the legislature to voters.

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Reference: 1949.29.9
Drawing by Alfred Charles Barker

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Neill Atkinson, 'Voting rights - First voting rights, 1852', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015