This drawing depicts a march in which the editor of the Otago Colonist, William Lambert, was hanged in effigy and carried through Dunedin streets in 1861. The marchers were protesting Lambert’s opposition to James Macandrew’s superintendency of the Otago Provincial Council. Macandrew had brought Lambert down from Auckland in 1856 to edit the Colonist, so the protesters saw his stance as a betrayal of Macandrew. (The snake is a literary symbol of betrayal.) The protest was led by a man ringing a bell and included another beating a drum.
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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: Acc 7,731
Pencil work by James Brown
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