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Seddon and the sabbatarians, 1904

Seddon and the sabbatarians, 1904

This 1904 cartoon shows sabbatarian ministers confronting Premier Richard Seddon over a Sunday fishing expedition. Strict sabbatarians believed that the sabbath was for prayer, church attendance, religious reading and quiet reflection. They were opposed to Sunday recreation such as picnics, hunting, fishing or walks in the country. Seddon was criticised by Protestant clergymen for taking a Sunday fishing excursion on the government steamer.

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Reference: Observer, 12 March 1904, p. 16

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Peter Clayworth, 'Weekends - Origins of the weekend – the Sunday sabbath', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/39776/seddon-and-the-sabbatarians-1904 (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013