Story: Australians

‘How we see it’ (5th of 6)

‘How we see it’

By 1900 federation was seen as a threat to New Zealand. In this image, a New Zealand Graphic cartoonist has depicted Australia as an ogre trying to lure a maidenly New Zealand away from her companion, a Māori youth. New Zealand’s response to the ogre’s invitation to ‘come into these arms’ was ‘Nay sir, those arms bear chains’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: J-040-002
Cartoon by Scatz

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John Wilson, 'Australians - Neighbouring nations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 August 2021)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015