Story: Premiers and prime ministers

Image-making: Michael Joseph Savage (1st of 4)

Image-making: Michael Joseph Savage

Michael Joseph Savage is best remembered for this photograph. Spencer Digby’s shot showed the avuncular former radical who by the mid-1930s ‘smelt of the church bazaar, not at all of the barricades.’ Framed copies of this photograph hung in the homes of the Labour faithful long after Savage’s death in 1940.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Gordon H. Burt Collection (PA-Group-00743)
Reference: 1/2-036411-F
Photograph by Spencer Digby

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - Party leadership', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33187/image-making-michael-joseph-savage (accessed 24 July 2019)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Dec 2016