Elections were a fine addition to the social calendar. This drawing of the election of Canterbury’s first provincial superintendent shows a large crowd at the hustings. Along the bottom of the drawing artist Alfred Charles Barker has noted the results: ‘Fitzgerald 135 Tancred 89 Campbell 94’. The winner, James FitzGerald, introduced responsible government to the province – government that is accountable to the legislature, and through the legislature to voters.
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Drawing by Alfred Charles Barker
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