Story: Manners and social behaviour

Master Hackett in mourning

Master Hackett in mourning

An 1870s studio portrait of young Master Hackett of Whanganui shows him wearing a black armband – a sign that he was mourning the recent death of a close relative. Wearing black clothes, black armbands or mourning jewellery for a defined period was a sign of respect for the dead and a way of conveying news of a bereavement to others. It was an important aspect of Victorian etiquette.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William James Harding Collection (PAColl-3042)
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Photograph by William James Harding

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Manners and social behaviour - 19th-century manners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013