The New Zealand Cartoon Archive

The New Zealand Cartoon Archive was launched in 1992 and is situated in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library, Wellington.

There are over 50,000 cartoons—originals and copies—in the New Zealand Cartoon Archive collection. More than 60 cartoonists are represented, and the archive continues to grow with new digital images added every week.

September’s Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: THE SURPRISE PACKET
THE SURPRISE PACKET
Canada: “Rather large for him, is it not?”
Australia: “Oh, his head is swelling rapidly. The hat will soon fit.”

Outwardly, New Zealand accepted Dominion status in 1907 with very little apparent enthusiasm. The ties with Britain remained strong, but there were now clear signs of a separate New Zealand identity.

William Blomfield, NZ Observer, 21 September 1907, ATL: J-065-040

View this cartoon on the National Library of New Zealand website.