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Grog shop, Lindis Pass, 1861 (1st of 4)

Grog shop, Lindis Pass, 1861

This drawing shows gold diggers bargaining with a pedlar while others drink at a grog shop in the background. Such shops sprang up quickly in rural and mining areas of colonial New Zealand. They provided a centre of warmth and company for men travelling rough and they were often the first place miners or back-country workers would go once they had some cash in their pockets.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-0425-1/4-F
Drawing by Charles Edward Hammond

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Jock Phillips, 'Alcohol - Colonial drinking, 1800–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 13 Apr 2016