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Election day in Masterton, 1887


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In the North Wairarapa electorate, election day 1887 attracted unusual attention. A crowd of men and boys, Māori and Pākehā gathered in Masterton with effigies of the three candidates: George Beetham (the dandy), R.E. Hawkins (the pirate) and Alexander Hogg (the pig). Popular participation in New Zealand elections increased following the introduction of universal male suffrage in 1879.


Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert E. Winzenberg Collection
Reference: 1/2-011707-F
Photograph by Thomas Edward Price

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