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1922 recession cartoon


‘No man’s land – New Zealand home front’, New Zealand Free Lance, 15 March 1922.

This blatantly racist cartoon refers to conditions in New Zealand during the 1921–22 economic recession. In 1922 a deputation of returned soldiers called on the Mayor of Wellington to petition the government to halt all Asian immigration and return migrants to their home countries.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Glover, Thomas Ellis, 1891?-1938
Reference Number: A-313-3-031
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