Story: Humour

Hard cases, about 1906

Hard cases, about 1906

New Zealanders have always liked a bit of a laugh. These jokers are taking a break from work at the Prouse and Saunders flax mill at Whanganui Inlet, north-west Nelson, and posing for a comical group portrait. Isolated work gangs such as this one provided much of the basis for New Zealand's brand of humour.

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection
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Caroline Harker, 'Humour - The origins of Kiwi humour', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Caroline Harker, published 5 Sep 2013