Story: Rural mythologies

Encouraging small farmers

Encouraging small farmers

Despite the growth of jobs in towns and cities, many people in New Zealand continued to believe that the economic future of the country lay on the land. The Liberal government elected in 1890 set out to preserve the ideal of the family farm by placing property taxes on large holdings, purchasing and subdividing large estates, and offering low interest loans to assist people onto the land. This cartoon from the Graphic of 1893 mocks the government’s efforts to encourage New Zealand’s little farms.

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Reference: New Zealand Graphic and Ladies Journal. 21 January 1893, p. 57.
Cartoon by Ashley Hunter

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Country versus city, 1890–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008