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Sir George Grey Pioneer of Empire in Southern Lands

New Zealand Politics

New Zealand Politics

For Grey's radical speeches there are two principal sources of information:

1.Journal of Debates in the New Zealand Parliament, kept in the Parliamentary Library, Wellington.

2. Reports in the New Zealand papers of the speeches which he delivered during the campaign, 1876-1877. Nearly all of them are collected in one volume in the Grey collection, Auckland Library.

Grey's Imperial views can only be understood by a study of every part of his career; but his administration in South Africa is by far the most important in this connection. His utterances in the New Zealand House of Representatives concerning Imperial officers must not be taken seriously, for he was smarting under the sense of what he thought was unjustifiable neglect by the Imperial authorities. He tried to make amends after his return to England in 1894.

For the expression of his views on Empire after 1894, it is necessary to consult the London dailies and magazines. Several interviews have been published by Mr. J. Milne in a small volume entitled The Romance of a Proconsul.