New Zealand settlers were not seeking to live in a society without law or government. Their commitment to a British-based legal system, with laws, courts and judges, was reflected in the early establishment of courthouses, as in this 1843 painting which shows a court on Auckland’s Queen Street among the city’s earliest buildings.
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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Pen and watercolour by Edward Ashworth
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