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Pledge of the Band of Hope

Pledge of the Band of Hope

A strong Calvinist sense of morality made New Zealand Scots prominent in the temperance and prohibition movements. The Presbyterian Church was a stronghold of the Band of Hope, founded in the 1840s, which encouraged young people to sign a pledge not to touch ‘the demon drink’.

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John Wilson, 'Scots - Scots in public life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015