Story: Cartooning

Taranaki Punch on the 'native question'

Taranaki Punch on the 'native question'

This cartoon from Taranaki Punch in November 1860 depicts Bishop George Selwyn (centre) shielding a defiant Māori arsonist from attack by the British military. In the early colonial period a number of local versions of the British magazine Punch appeared, featuring cartoons reflecting the views of many Pākehā settlers. This cartoon illustrates the common settler opinion that missionaries were interfering busybodies who mistakenly protected violent Māori. It suggests that 'rebel' Māori could only be controlled by force.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
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How to cite this page:

Ian F. Grant, 'Cartooning - Cartooning in a new land, 1840 to 1899', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/41723/taranaki-punch-on-the-native-question (accessed 16 August 2018)

Story by Ian F. Grant, published 22 Oct 2014