Story: Sport and the nation

Welcoming back the All Blacks, 1906

On 6 March 1906 the All Blacks, returning from their first tour of Britain, arrived by ship in Auckland Harbour from the United States. By then they had become such national heroes that there were some 10,000 people to greet them on the wharf. Premier Richard Seddon (standing, far right) had travelled north for the occasion, and welcomed the team home before the cheering audience.

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Jock Phillips, 'Sport and the nation - Nationalism rampant, 1900 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013