Sir John Hall

Sir John Hall, New Zealand’s 12th premier, resided in Hororātā. Sir John was passionate about the community and the wider area. Early in the 19th century, he was involved in establishing facilities still used today, the Domain, the Hall and the Church. He was an innovative farmer pioneering new technologies on his run, Terrace Station.

Sir John was at the forefront of a great liberal cause when he was approached by the female suffrage movement and assumed parliamentary leadership of the campaign. His final and most lasting political triumph came with the passage of the Electoral Bill in September 1893, giving women the right to vote, making New Zealand the first country in the world to do so.

People can visit Sir John Hall’s heritage homestead and gardens at Terrace Station, which is still lived in by his descendants, on various open days or by private appointments.

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