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.

December’s Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: The Spirit of My Fathers

The purported strategy behind the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 was to clear the commanding Turkish positions from the Gallipoli Peninsula to open up Constantinople from the sea. In nine months, 87 percent of the 8,556 New Zealanders who landed at Gallipoli were casualties – and 2,721 of them dead. After Maori fought bravely at Gallipoli, the Maori Battalion was formed in October 1917. Oddly, Gallipoli is commemorated as the country’s most famous military campaign when it was a futile, badly planned exercise with, as was quickly seen, little chance of success.

The Spirit of His Fathers, William Blomfield, NZ Observer, December 1915, ATL: 312-1-088

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