Around 500 people attended a banquet held in Dunedin at the end of October 1875 to protest proposals to abolish the provinces. In his address George Grey, a former governor who had been elected superintendent of Auckland province, stressed the importance of local – provincial populations – having a ‘close watch’ on the fate of ‘waste’, or unappropriated, land in their own areas.
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Reference: Otago Daily Times, 28 October 1875, p. 5
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