Story: Arts and social engagement

Temperance cartoon

Temperance cartoon

Cartoons were one way early lobby groups promoted their causes. In this 1905 temperance cartoon Herbert Beecroft takes on alcohol, blaming it for the fall of empires. Wild claims like this never got in the way of a good political cartoon. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-313-1-008
Ink drawing by Herbert Beecroft

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Arts and social engagement - Colonisation and social change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014