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.

February Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: “Doubtful blessing of high exchange”
Doubtful blessing of high exchange

At the Imperial Economic Conference in Ottawa in 1932, Gordon Coates, deputy prime minister at the time, helped convince Britain to give preferential agricultural product treatment to New Zealand and other Dominions. He also attempted to boost farm incomes, which were at a low ebb, by a devaluation that was a not very successful ‘band-aid’ solution. In short order, prices for frozen meat, butter and cheese and crossbred wool all fell, in some cases to about the amount of the increased exchange rate.

Stuart Peterson, The Free Lance, 22 February 1933, ATL: A-315-3-065

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