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Wellington District Band of Hope pledge card (1st of 2)

Wellington District Band of Hope pledge card

In the early days of the temperance movement, the focus was on encouraging individuals to voluntarily abstain from alcohol. The Band of Hope movement was started in Leeds, England, in 1847 and a branch was set up in Wellington in 1861. Members were encouraged to sign pledge cards such as this, which is from a later stage of the movement, in the early 20th century.

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Reference: Eph-A-ALCOHOL-Temperance-1930s-02

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Jock Phillips, 'Alcohol - Prohibition movement, 1880–1919', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Apr 2016