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William Ferguson Massey

(1856-1925), Prime Minister of New Zealand; plenipotentiary at the 1919 Peace Conference

Sitter in 10 portraits
After emigrating to New Zealand from Ireland in 1870, Massey farmed near Auckland and assumed leadership in farmers' organisations. In 1891, a conservative political party, the National Association, was formed; the name was changed to the Reform Party in 1909. Massey became Vice-President of the Auckland branch of the party. He entered Parliament in 1894, becoming Prime Minister in 1912. Massey travelled to London and participated in the Imperial War Cabinet (1917-18). He signed the Treaty of Versailles at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, making New Zealand a founding member of the League of Nations. He opposed separate sovereign status for dominions within the British Commonwealth.

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William Ferguson Massey, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 2639

William Ferguson Massey

by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, 1919
NPG 2639

Statesmen of World War I, by Sir James Guthrie - NPG 2463

Statesmen of World War I

by Sir James Guthrie
oil on canvas, 1924-1930
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2463

William Ferguson Massey, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x186538

William Ferguson Massey

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x186538

'The Imperial War Conference', possibly by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), for  Topical Press - NPG x137204

'The Imperial War Conference'

possibly by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), for Topical Press
vintage print, March-April 1917
NPG x137204

William Ferguson Massey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x122694

William Ferguson Massey

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 October 1923
NPG x122694

William Ferguson Massey, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x122695

William Ferguson Massey

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 October 1923
NPG x122695

William Ferguson Massey, copy by Elliott & Fry - NPG x90549

William Ferguson Massey

copy by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1948 (23 April 1924)
NPG x90549

William Ferguson Massey, copy by Elliott & Fry - NPG x92732

William Ferguson Massey

copy by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1948 (23 April 1924)
NPG x92732

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