Story: Alcohol

New Zealand Alliance postcard (2nd of 2)

From 1886, when the New Zealand Alliance was formed, the focus of the temperance movement became legislative prohibition. Under an 1893 law voters could prohibit liquor licences in their electorate, and from 1910 there was a vote on national prohibition.  This postcard was issued in 1911 by the New Zealand Alliance. The top line on the voting paper was continuance of liquor licensing, so the Alliance asked voters to strike this out and prohibit liquor both nationally and, on the second paper, in their electorate. The focus of this postcard is the harm that alcohol caused to the family – a common theme of prohibition propaganda.

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Reference: A-ALCOHOL-Prohibition campaign-1911

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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