Although he was also a politician and a journalist, Thomas Bracken was described first on his gravestone as 'Poet', and the stone includes a verse from the poem he was best known for in the 19th century: 'Not understood'. In the 21st century he was better known as the author of the national anthem, 'God defend New Zealand'.
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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Jock Phillips
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