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'Liberal' candidate's poster, 1853


Although there were no organised political parties in New Zealand until the 1890s, many candidates - like John Wallace in this 1853 poster - were keen to identify themselves as 'Liberals', 'Progressives' or 'Radicals'. In this way they could imply that their opponents were 'Conservatives', an unpopular label in the democratic world of colonial politics.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-D-POLITICS-1850s-01
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