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Sidney Holland

Personal details

Full Name:

Sidney George Holland


18 Oct 1893 – 5 Aug 1961

Prime Minister:

13 Dec 1949–20 Sept 1957

Age on becoming Prime Minister:




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Sidney Holland
Holland became PM in 1949. A year later he abolished the Legislative Council, and in 1951, after winning the Waterfront Dispute, he increased his majority in a snap election.


The 1951 waterfront dispute

The 1951 waterfront dispute was the biggest industrial confrontation in New Zealand’s history. Although it was not as violent as the Great Strike of 1913, it lasted longer – 151 days, from February to July – and involved more workers. Read the full article

Page 3 - War on the wharves

With New Zealand’s vital export trade at stake when the wharves came to a standstill, the government declared a state of emergency on 21

Page 4 - Division and defeat

The watersiders’ militancy had isolated them from most unionists and Walter Nash’s Labour Party Opposition sat uncomfortably on the fence, denouncing government repression but

Housing the Prime Minister

Almost 150 years after the government purchased the first official premier's residence on Tinakori Road, Wellington, the address of Premier House remains the same. But in the intervening years the building has been extended, renamed, abandoned and refurbished. Read the full article

Page 3 - Unofficial prime ministerial houses

From 1935 to 1975 our prime ministers lived in a series of 'unofficial'

The New Zealand Legion

The year 1933 witnessed an unprecedented eruption of protest amongst urban businessmen and professionals in New Zealand. The most prominent manifestation of this protest was a radical conservative movement named the New Zealand Legion. Read the full article

Page 7 - Decline

Internal divisions and resignations over policy had considerably sapped the New Zealand Legion’s strength by the beginning of