Story: Suicide

Rat poison

Rat poison

Rough on Rats was a common poison in the early 20th century, intended to kill a widespread household pest. Sadly, it was also often used by suicides – a fact exploited by this cartoon, which also draws on negative stereotypes of the stingy Scotsman. Poisoning was the most common suicide method in this period.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: New Zealand Free Lance, 8 September 1906, p. 15

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Jock Phillips, 'Suicide - Methods of suicide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/26439/rat-poison (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 16 Jul 2019 with assistance from Sunny Collings and Rosemary Du Plessis