Story: Public protest

Letter writing: postcard protest (1st of 2)

Letter writing: postcard protest

In 1909 Prime Minister Joseph Ward proclaimed New Zealand would fund the construction of a new warship for the British navy, to be called HMS New Zealand. Opponents rallied to stop the measure, organising meetings and sending protest postcards such as this one. The postcard suggests the warship was unaffordable and the burden of its cost would fall on working men for years to come. It proved a prescient prediction. The ship was built and saw battle during the First World War. However, not only was it sold for scrap in 1923, but New Zealand did not finish paying it off until 1944.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Letter writing, petitions, meetings and rallies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015