Story: Antarctica and New Zealand

Adopting Ross Island, 1923

Adopting Ross Island, 1923

New Zealand's 1923 acquisition of Ross Island as a dependency was lampooned in this cartoon. 'Ross Land', shown clutching a fish, is in the company of two toddlers, Cook Islands and Samoa (New Zealand's colonies in the Pacific). Attending the three youngsters is a nurse in the shape of New Zealand. The cartoon appeared in the New Zealand section of Aussie, a soldiers' magazine. New Zealand's Ross Dependency included most of the Ross Sea, Ross Island, the Ross Ice Shelf, the Transantarctic Mountains and part of the continent up to the South Pole. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-313-1-009
Cartoon by Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander

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Nigel Roberts, 'Antarctica and New Zealand - The Ross Dependency', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 March 2024)

Story by Nigel Roberts, published 20 Jun 2012