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.

January’s Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: The Spirit of My Fathers
Generalissimo Seddon to Lord K[itchener]: “Now, mind you, my Lord, I want my men brigaded together, so that any little service they may do may rebound to the honour of New Zealand and the glory of Seddon, for ever and ever. Ake! ake! ake!”

New Zealand entered the South African War at the end of the 19th century with jingoistic fervour, but pride in the exploits of the mounted contingents became a significant early blooding in nationalism. Premier Richard Seddon accepted Lord Kitchener’s invitation to visit South Africa just as hostilities ended in 1902.

E.V.B., NZ Graphic, 25 January 1902. ATL: A-315-3-027

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