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Alcohol restrictions for returned soldiers


Cartoon about alcohol ban for soldiers at their first port of call.

Most returning men were unable to enjoy an alcoholic drink when they set foot back in New Zealand. War regulations allowed the minister of defence to restrict the sale and supply of liquor when ships carrying troops docked. In practice he generally closed hotel bars to drafts of more than 50 men.


Observer, 18 May 1918, p. 5 (Papers Past)

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