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Julius Vogel as a kangaroo

Julius Vogel as a kangaroo

This cartoon from 1887 features New Zealand Colonial Treasurer Julius Vogel as a kangaroo hounded to the cliff edge by dogs labelled Extravagance, Borrowing, Deficits and Protection. At the time Vogel was looking at loans to cover government spending as taxes were not raising sufficient revenue for his plans. As colonial treasurer in the 1870s he had already borrowed heavily to fund public works.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-034-007
Cartoon by William Hunter Reynolds

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Paul Goldsmith, 'Taxes - Taxation – 1840 to the 1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2023)

Story by Paul Goldsmith, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 2 Sep 2016