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.

April Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: “The Maoriland Worker”
Special Constables, in various districts, have been presented with medals in honour of their service during the recent strike. The Maoriland Worker offers the above suitable design, free of charge, for any further medals which may be required.

In 1913, when a Wellington wharf strike spread to other ports and unions, the government called in young farmers as special constables and to work on the wharves. Known as ‘Massey’s Cossack’s’ after violent street brawls, they kept wharves open and operating. In a situation close to martial law, the strike collapsed after 58 days.

H. Mann, The Maoriland Worker, 29 April 1914, ATL: A-313-10-010

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