Story: The New Zealanders

Lampooning the Australian federation (1st of 2)

Lampooning the Australian federation

At the end of the 19th century there was a possibility that New Zealand would join the new Australian federation. Resistance to this proposal became a way in which New Zealanders began to distinguish themselves from their fellow colonials across the Tasman Sea. In this cartoon New Zealand, in the person of white-robed Zealandia, prefers to hold the hands of her Pacific neighbours rather than be lured into the clutches of the Australian ogre.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: J-040-002
Cartoon by Scatz

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Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - Maorilanders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015