105 years ago New Zealand becomes a Dominion (26 September 1907)
At 11am, 26 September 1907, New Zealand officially moved up in the ranks in the British Empire. On that day it became a Dominion instead of a Colony. That night, electric illuminations on buildings in the capital proclaimed this auspicious and historical moment.
Although public servants were given a holiday and children were presented with a special medal to commemorate the event, this change did not translate into any significant changes to everyday life in New Zealand.
And despite military parades and flag raising ceremonies, many people did not comprehend the differences between begin a Colony and Dominion. The change was more of a political initiative, motivated by perceptions – perceptions that within the Empire, Dominions were superior to Colonies.
There’s more about New Zealand becoming a Dominion on nzhistory.net.nz
Learn about New Zealand and its colonial attachment to Great Britain in the 1900s on the Slice of Heaven exhibition website