Story: Southland region

‘Customs men with captured still’

‘Customs men with captured still’

Trevor Moffitt (1936–2006) painted a variety of Southland scenes, including this image of customs and excise men seizing illegally distilled liquor from a truck, from his Hokonui moonshine series of paintings. Distilling was very common in the Hokonui Hills in the 1920s and 1930s when much of Southland was officially ‘dry’.

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Oil on board by G. T. Moffitt

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Society and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/20141/customs-men-with-captured-still (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by David Grant, updated 25 May 2015