Friday 22 June 2007

5 things you might not know about William Fox

  1. He served as New Zealand's Premier four times.
  2. In an 1850 publication, he described Auckland as 'altogether rotten, delusive, and Algerine'.
  3. He is widely credited for ensuring New Plymouth became a separate province, rather than part of Auckland.
  4. He predicted that Wanganui would ultimately become identified with Wellington.
  5. Aged 80, he climbed Mount Taranaki, to demonstrate the benefits of a temperate lifestyle.

Image: William Fox, Bird's eye view of Waitoi [Waitohi], 1848. Alexander Turnbull Library. Reference number: C-013-001. Image from the Timeframes website.

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