Story: Men’s clubs

United Friendly Societies' dispensary

This image of a United Friendly Societies' dispensary is a detail from a panorama of Courtenay Place, Wellington, in 1923. The friendly societies began providing financial support for members in times of sickness and death. However, in the early 20th century their role expanded to include free medical consultations and cheaper medicines at UFS pharmacies.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, R. P. Moore Collection
Reference: PA6-017
Photograph by Robert Percy Moore

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:

Jock Phillips, 'Men’s clubs - Friendly societies and other fraternal organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018