A group of women and children are about to enjoy tea and cakes. From the 1890s in New Zealand there was a widely held view that ‘essential’ foods such as tea and sugar should not be taxed with customs duties. The phrase used was ‘the free breakfast table’ – although this is probably an afternoon-tea table.
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