Story: Humour

Charles Thatcher, 1855

Charles Thatcher, 1855

This painting shows the inimitable Charles Thatcher, New Zealand's first nationally known humorist, in full cry. In between his several tours of New Zealand, Thatcher performed his comic songs at goldfields in Australia. Here, he is on stage in the Charlie Napier Hotel, Ballarat, in 1855.

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Watercolour by Samuel Thomas Gill, 1855

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How to cite this page:

Caroline Harker, 'Humour - The origins of Kiwi humour', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/37520/charles-thatcher-1855 (accessed 19 July 2019)

Story by Caroline Harker, published 5 Sep 2013