Story: Manners and social behaviour

Colonial manners

'Colonial manners' were a matter for much discussion and debate from the 19th century. This series of letters to the editor from 1892 reveals the range of opinion. A 'Visitor' to Dunedin deplores the lack of manners shown by New Zealand men, comparing their behaviour unfavourably with that of European men. Other correspondents deny that there is a problem, or defend local men.

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Reference: Otago Daily Times, 6 May 1892, p. 4; Otago Daily Times, 9 May 1892, pp. 3-4

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Manners and social behaviour - New Zealand manners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013