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Dutton grovel to would-be constituents

It's March 1851, months before the first South Australian Legislative Councils elections, and Francis Dutton, future Premier, places this page1 advertisement in the colony's daily paper, the Register (March 6 1851) to placate German immigrants, who he had called 'slow, awkward and dull of comprehension'.)