Story: Kiwi

Trevor Lloyd cartoon

Trevor Lloyd cartoon

This cartoon by Trevor Lloyd celebrated the victory by the New Zealand rugby team over an Anglo-Welsh team in Auckland in July 1908. This was not the first time that Lloyd, or indeed any cartoonist, had represented the country by a kiwi, as was once thought. As early as 1904 there had been such representation and even Lloyd himself had used the kiwi in a cartoon about the 1905 All Blacks defeat by Wales. However, at that time he more often used a moa as the national symbol. By 1908 Lloyd and other cartoonists were regularly drawing the kiwi as a symbol of New Zealand or New Zealanders, and the moa went into extinction. Lloyd worked for the Auckland Weekly News and the New Zealand Herald.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-109-020
Cartoon by Trevor Lloyd

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - Kiwi and people: early history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 15 May 2015