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Prohibition vote by soldiers cartoon


In this 1919 cartoon from Truth a publican and a priest, both showing signs of having been in a fight, kneel in supplication at the feet of a soldier. This refers to the April 1919 prohibition vote being decided by the special votes of the 40,000 New Zealand soldiers still overseas, on troopships, or in camps and hospitals at the end of the First World War. Their decisive rejection of prohibition – by 32,000 votes to 8000 – stopped New Zealand from going 'dry' that year.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-313-3-029
Cartoonist: Thomas Glover
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