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Pacific Seddon

Pacific Seddon

This 1900 newspaper cartoon depicts New Zealand Prime Minister Richard Seddon in mock Pacific Island dress, with a Union Jack flag on his waistband. The cartoon was a comment on the prime minister’s enthusiasm for Pacific empire-building. That year Seddon had toured the Pacific, visiting many of the islands. Like a number of other New Zealand politicians, he believed that the Pacific Islands were New Zealand’s first line of defence.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: H-723-014
Cartoon by Scatz

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How to cite this page:

Jon Fraenkel, 'Pacific Islands and New Zealand - Colonisation and trade in the Pacific', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2020)

Story by Jon Fraenkel, published 20 Jun 2012