Seddon and Ward, premier towns - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Seddon and Ward

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The Marlborough towns of Seddon and Ward are named after New Zealand premiers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries – and are built on land made available by the Liberal government’s policy of subdividing large estates. ‘King Dick’ Seddon was a popular and charismatic figure, who died in office and was succeeded by businessman Joseph Ward.

Related web links:
Awatere valley
Premiers and prime ministers
The Liberals and land policy
Richard John Seddon
Joseph George Ward
Richard Seddon and his cabinet, 1906

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