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Scarves on Statues – Peter Fraser

“The government’s objective, broadly expressed, is that all persons, whatever their level of ability, whether they live in town or country, have a right as citizens to a free education of the kind for which they are best fitted and to the fullest extent of their powers.” – Peter Fraser

Prime Minister from 1940-1949, Peter Fraser has a special place in New Zealand history. Our second Labour PM, he assumed office 9 months into World War II upon the death of Michael Joseph Savage. Despite being jailed for sedition for opposing conscription during WWI, he made an excellent wartime leader. Born in the Scottish Highlands, he received only modest schooling, but went on to be one of the finest advocates for education our country has seen. He was, along with Clarence Beeby, one of the principle architects of New Zealand’s modern school system, which was world leading at the time and in many ways still is.

In this statue he is depicted walking to Parliament, as he always prided himself on doing, leaning into a strong Wellington southerly wind the likes of which the place is notorious for. He looks like he could use a scarf…

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[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

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