Story: The New Zealanders

Our race and empire

Our race and empire

New Zealanders’ British identity was expressed in a broad sense of racial superiority, obscuring the regional differences of Britain itself. The title of this history book, used for entrance examinations to the New Zealand public service in the 1930s, shows how important race was to the definition of the empire, while the map only just manages to include New Zealand.

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Reference: Our race & Empire: A concise history based on the Public Service Entrance, Intermediate, and Senior National Scholarship syllabus. Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1930.

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Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - Britons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015