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Soldier with a pipe, book and drink (3rd of 4)

Soldier with a pipe, book and drink

This drawing by an officer who served in the New Zealand wars shows a soldier in south Taranaki or Whanganui relaxing in his hut. He is enjoying a pipe and a book, and on the table in front of him is a bottle of alcohol, probably beer. Alcohol was important as a lubricant for social gatherings in colonial society, and some who relaxed alone also partook.

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Jock Phillips, 'Alcohol - Colonial drinking, 1800–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

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