Letter to Electors of the Hastings and Manning; Henry Zions; Charles Boyce; 1880...


Port Macquarie Museum


Letter to Electors of the Hastings and Manning

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Printed letter addressed 'To the Electors of the Hastings and Manning' from Henry Zions of Lake Innes, Port Macquarie, and 409 George Street, Sydney promoting Henry Zions [1841-1920] as a candidate for the Legislative Assembly seat of Hastings and Manning at the New South Wales, colonial election held from 17 November to 2 December 1880.

The long letter communicates Zion's views on a number of subjects including education, water reserves and dams, taxation and stamp duty, government salaries, border duties and imports, etc. Henry Zions stood as an independent candidate.

Henry Zions was born in Poland and migrated to Australia in 1860. He was a tailor by occupation with business premises in George Street, Sydney, but had many business and property interests. This handbill evidences Zions second attempt at entering the NSW Parliament. In 1872 he contested the seat of Central Cumberland where he then owned and farmed Waterview Park, Fairfield. That attempt was unsuccessful.

Henry Zions was the owner of Lake Innes, Port Macquarie and other properties across the electorate including "The Honeysuckle" and "Morepo" at the time of the 1880 election. This attempt at entering the NSW Parliament was also unsuccessful for Zions. Seven candidates contested the election of two members for the Hastings and Manning electorate. Zions polled 135 votes with returned candidates James Young polling 897 and Joseph Andrews 793 votes respectively.


Charles Boyce

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Henry Zions

Maker Role


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Place Made

Taree, NSW

Medium and Materials

Paper, ink

Subject and Association Keywords

Political processes

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Donors: Misses G & D Langley

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