Kōrero: 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 – government that is accountable to Parliament, and through Parliament to voters.

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Canterbury Museum
Reference: 1949.29.9
Drawing by Alfred Charles Barker

Permission of Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Neill Atkinson, 'Voting rights - First voting rights, 1852', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/zoomify/36424/election-hustings-christchurch-1853 (accessed 8 July 2020)

He kōrero nā Neill Atkinson, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015