Story: Elections and campaigns

Electing the first superintendent of Canterbury, 1853

Electing the first superintendent of Canterbury, 1853

The election of Canterbury’s first superintendent in 1853 is shown in this drawing by Alfred Barker, Christchurch’s only doctor at the time. It shows voters gathered outside the land office in Worcester Street, beside the Avon River. The three candidates were James Fitzgerald (who won), Henry Tancred and Colonel Campbell. Meetings were often held in hotels and sometimes rowdy. The ability to speak well, to handle heckling and maintain dignity, were all valuable attributes.

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Canterbury Museum
Reference: 1949.29.9
Drawing by Alfred Charles Barker

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Bryce Edwards, 'Elections and campaigns - Elections', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Bryce Edwards, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2016