Kōrero: Liquor laws

Liquor and the fall of empires (1 o 3)

Liquor and the fall of empires

Temperance campaigners were tireless producers of printed propaganda denouncing liquor and the liquor trade. This 1905 cartoon shows Zealandia, the personification of New Zealand, emptying liquor barrels, with a scroll in hand representing the supposed will of the voting public. The 'shades' (ghosts) of failed civilisations look on and ask whether their nations would have endured had they acted like her. The cartoon anticipates the day liquor would be prohibited nationwide – but this day never dawned.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-313-1-008
Ink drawing by Herbert Beecroft

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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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Paul Christoffel, 'Liquor laws - The temperance influence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/ephemera/37648/liquor-and-the-fall-of-empires (accessed 10 June 2023)

He kōrero nā Paul Christoffel, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013, updated 15 Dec 2014