Story: Manners and social behaviour

Victorian manners

Victorian manners

This illustration for a 19th-century newspaper story portrays the formal manners that were expected in polite society, even between courting couples. Alfred raises his hat when addressing Mary (the object of his affections) and she remains seated while greeting him with a handshake.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
Reference: S13-514 (Bruce Herald, 3 August 1897, p. 4)

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Manners and social behaviour - Defining manners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/39829/victorian-manners (accessed 19 January 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013