Story: Wairarapa region

Banning booze

Banning booze

In a local poll held during the 1908 general election, the Masterton electorate voted to ban the production and sale of alcohol in their district. The area remained dry until 1946. This poster produced for the 1911 election encouraged Wellingtonians to vote for prohibition. It uses Masterton’s experience to promote the perceived benefits, claiming a drop in crime and accident rates, and an increase in building work.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-C-ALCOHOL-Prohibition-1911-01

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Forestry, fishing and horticulture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 November 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 1 Mar 2017