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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Lieut-Colonel Robert Henry Wynyard

Lieut-Colonel Robert Henry Wynyard, C.B., who was Superintendent of Auckland in 1854, was administrator of the Government from the 3rd of January, 1854, to the 6th of September, 1855. When Captain Grey retired from the Colony in that year, Colonel Wynyard assumed his duties and acted as administrator until the arrival of a new Governor. In May, 1854, the House of Representatives assembled, and after considerable debate, determined to ask the Acting-Governor to establish a system of responsible Government. Although the House was almost unanimous, Colonel Wynyard refused to accede to its demand, and prorogued Parliament for a fortnight. At the end of August the House again met, and was again prorogued. The House remained firm in its claim for the substance of power, and would not page 36 be satisfied with the semblance. The contest lasted throughout two sessions, when at last responsible government with certain limitations, was granted. Colonel Wynyard was superseded by Colonel Gore Browne, C.B., in September, 1855.