This wax impression of the seal of the province of Hawke’s Bay was made in 1858, the year the province was established. It had previously been part of Wellington province. A seal was an indication of authority and seriousness of purpose – attributes that provincial councils sought, if they did not always achieve.
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Permission of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa must be obtained before any re-use of this image.