Story: Governors and governors-general

Civic reception for Sir Bernard Fergusson

Civic reception for Sir Bernard Fergusson

Auckland Mayor Dove-Myer Robinson (left) escorts new Governor-General Sir Bernard Fergusson to a civic reception in Auckland in 1962. The British governors-general spent much of their five-year terms being welcomed and farewelled. It could be exhausting. After promising to visit every borough during his term as governor-general, some 60-odd years earlier, Lord Ranfurly was dismayed to discover how small some were. However, as the guests in the background show, receptions provided a chance for locals to dress up.

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Gavin McLean, 'Governors and governors-general - Ceremonial duties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33650/civic-reception-for-sir-bernard-fergusson (accessed 19 November 2019)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Sep 2016