The economic depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s was a period of great hardship for many New Zealanders. Going hungry was a common experience at a time when there was no national system of social welfare. This impressive display of food was collected by employees of the Shell Oil Company (who called themselves 'Shellites') for distribution to unemployed people.
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