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.

August’s Memorable Cartoon


A succession of costly battles and campaigns fought by the New Zealand Division up and down the Western Front in Europe between 1916 and 1918. In September 1916, and as part of the Somme offensive, a total of 1,560 New Zealand troops were killed and 5,440 wounded during one 23-day battle. By now there was a strangely passive front-liner fatalism about surviving the next barrage let alone the war. Jack Gilmour’s cartoon owes more than a little to the famous dugout cartoons of Britain’s Bruce Bairnsfather.

Jack Gilmour, Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 30 August 1916. ATL: J-065-047

View Anxiety on the National Library of New Zealand website.