Story: Tea, coffee and soft drinks

Men drinking tea, mid-19th century (1st of 4)

Men drinking tea, mid-19th century

Two men – one Pākehā and one Māori – drink tea and liquor and smoke pipes together in this charming amateur watercolour, probably from the 1850s. The surroundings are fairly rustic but the basic requirements for a satisfactory cup of tea and a bite to eat are present. A coffee pot rests on the mantelpiece in the background.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Tea, coffee and soft drinks - Tea and coffee', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40374/men-drinking-tea-mid-19th-century (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013