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Lambton Quay beatniks

Lambton Quay beatniks

This cartoon shows several bearded beret-wearing beatniks leaning against a lamp post outside a coffee bar on Lambton Quay, Wellington. The caricature reflected the fact that, following the example of beats in the United States and Britain, a few young people in Wellington and Auckland did adopt the beat lifestyle, which involved experimenting with marijuana.

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Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Cannabis use', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/39565/lambton-quay-beatniks (accessed 27 January 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013