Story: Referendums

'Brewer Rabbit' and the prohibitionist hounds

'Brewer Rabbit' and the prohibitionist hounds

This cartoon shows 'Brewer Rabbit' running into the 'continuance' hole, pursued by dogs representing New Zealand's 'dry' electorates. While Brewer Rabbit is in a beer barrel, his pursuers wear water pumps and teapots, symbols of the temperance movement. The cartoon dates from the 1910s, when the prohibition vote was strong and growing. Between 1894 and 1908, 12 electorates voted for no-licence and went 'dry'. They included Eden, Ohinemuri, Wellington Suburbs, Masterton and Grey Lynn, all shown in pursuit of Brewer Rabbit.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-109-008
Cartoon by Trevor Lloyd

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Nigel Roberts, 'Referendums - Prohibition referendums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 March 2023)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 30 Aug 2016, updated 1 Dec 2020