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SA Auction #106 begins on 13 Apr 2023

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Seddon (R.J.) Prime Minister of New Zealand:


Published: No place or date, 1902

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With the Compliments of the Prime Minister, New Zealand. 1902 – 1903.

8 pages, comprising the front cover and 7 full page photographs, inscribed to Major F.R. McDonald, above a facsimile of Sneddon’s signature on the front cover. Sewn with a silk thread.

Richard John Seddon (1845-1906), served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1893 to his death in June 1906. Seddon played a prominent role in the affairs of empire from 1897 on. He became well known for his promotion of New Zealand's interests in the name of imperialism. His extroverted behaviour made him something of a celebrity when he attended the colonial conferences of 1897 and 1902. In recalling his early childhood Seddon emphasised his delight in pageantry, and early experiences may help to explain his imperialism and his enjoyment of events such as Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. He also attracted much publicity for his outspokenness about the South African war: he visited South Africa in 1902 at General Kitchener's invitation. He was increasingly ready to arouse and exploit popular nationalism. (

The photographs include Seddon attending a garden party at Cape Town.  

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  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: Oblong 8vo (145 x 225 mm)
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