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.

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