Story: Insurance

Employers’ liability insurance, 1922

Before the days of the Accident Compensation Corporation, workers often had to sue their employers for compensation if they were injured at work. Employers, in turn, could take out insurance against those compensation claims. This cartoon advertisement from the 1920s shows the extremely unlikely story of a farm labourer acquiring the farm of a couple who failed to take out this ‘indemnity’ insurance.

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Reference: Eph-B-INSURANCE-1902-01-1; Eph-B-INSURANCE-1902-01-2; Eph-B-INSURANCE-1902-01-3; Eph-B-INSURANCE-1902-01-4

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Alan Henderson, 'Insurance - Accident insurance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Alan Henderson, published 11 Mar 2010