The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69
"London, January 28, 1890
January 28, 1890
"You are directed by Her Majesty to make this announcement:
"I have received Her Majesty's commands to offer congratulations to the people of New Zealand on fiftieth year of prosperity and good government, and warm wishes for continued welfare."
The reading of this message, which came upon everyone as a surprise, was followed by prolonged cheering.
His Excellency then called for three cheers for Her Majesty the Queen, which were given most enthusiastically.