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By Michael Bassett

Brings to existence the background of crucial organization of presidency in New Zealand for a lot of the final century. It lines the evolution of the dep. of inner Affairs from its genesis because the Colonial Secretary's place of work in 1840, offering an outline of the improvement and growth of presidency in New Zealand.

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In the 1880s growing numbers of Austrians from the Dalmatian Coast applied for naturalisation. All applications had to be supported by a memorandum signed by six or more people who knew the applicant and who were prepared to state that he or she was 'a fit and proper person to be naturalised'. After 1861 the 'certificate of fitness' was signed by a justice of the peace or by a solicitor or church minister. The fee payable was £1. Mter an officer in the department had checked the application, the applicant took an oath of allegiance to the Queen before a magistrate.

Two weeks later Wynyard issued a proclamation under the Constitution of 28 The first years) 1840-56 The first parliament met in this Provincial Council and General Assembly Building in 1854. Aucklanders named it

Apart from slight dips in overseas prices in 1907 and 1909, the latter causing a brief period of retrenchment, prosperity continued uninterrupted until 1920. Seddon's government pushed ahead with a number of social programmes, many of them boosting land settlement and improving the productive base of farmers. The civil service felt the effects. Two new departments were established: the Bureau ofIndustries, which became the Department of Labour in 1892, and the Department of Agriculture. The Department of Labour assumed responsibility for the registration of trade unions, which had earlier rested with the Colonial Secretary, while the Department of N 47 The Mother of all Departments Cartoonist)s impression of Colonial Secretary) Joseph Ward) about 1900.

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