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.

November’s Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: “Opposition Tactics”
Young Dominion: Say, Mr Massey, throwing mud won’t get you into the parliamentary lead. It only stops your moke’s pace.

William Fergusson Massey, son of an Irish tenant farmer and a small landowner himself, became leader of a weak, formless opposition in 1903. Massey and his colleagues built the Reform Party principally by championing the rights of North Island dairy farmers and by taking up the Farmers Union demand for freehold tenure. Massey did not win the 1911 election, but was prime minister in July the next year.

There was plenty of name-calling at the 1911 election, Massey’s enemies christening him ‘Bismarck Bill’. To his friends, he was ‘Farmer Bill’, although it was a long time since he had spent more than holidays at his Mangere farm.

William Blomfield, NZ Observer, 18 November 1911, ATL: A-312-1-035

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