Story: Interest groups

WCTU tearooms

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was a powerful interest group. It sought to overcome the negative influence of alcohol on society by promoting teetotalism and prohibition. Among its strategies was to erect tearooms at A & P (agricultural and pastoral) shows, where people could buy lunch and drink reviving cups of tea. These also raised funds for the WCTU. The tearooms at the Canterbury show in 1910 are in the middle distance in this photo.

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Canterbury Museum, Bishop Collection
Reference: Weekly Press, 16 November 1910 (1923.53.679)

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Raymond Miller, 'Interest groups - Cause interest groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Raymond Miller, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Apr 2020