Story: Rural mythologies

Cartoon of Sid Holland, 1952

Cartoon of Sid Holland, 1952

Sidney Holland was brought up in Christchurch, and was a businessman who managed an engineering firm. However, as leader of the National Party in the 1940s, he decided it would be good for his image if he purchased a farm in North Canterbury. Later, when he was prime minister, he would holiday in a shearer’s cottage on the farm. This cartoon by Sid Scales illustrates how successful Holland was in establishing his identity as a farmer.

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Cartoon by Sid Scales

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Rural myth lives on, 1945–1975', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 February 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008