Thursday, 14 December 2017

Women’s suffrage and temperance as seen by the New Zealand Graphic

Some political cartoons published by the 'New Zealand Graphic and Ladies Journal' dealt with women’s suffrage and temperance. Interestingly, for a ladies’ journal, sometimes the attitudes to women’s issues are portrayed from a wistfully cynical male viewpoint of female foibles. Perhaps this is explained by the fact that the Graphic’s principal cartoonist was one Mr Ashley John Barsby Hunter. Have a look at his view of ‘The Political Woman.’

Ref: New Zealand Graphic. The political woman. 2 July 1898.
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZG-18980702-17-1
The next cartoon shows the Women’s Franchise Bill about to be committed before the Legislative Council after passing through the House of Representatives with half-hearted, devious Liberal support. Now a reluctant and scheming Seddon is about to commit the Bill to the Upper House. The clerks (other politicians) are laying odds that they will throw it out.

Ref: New Zealand Graphic. Committed. 26 August 1893.
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZG-18930826-129-1

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Jane Austen 200

Jane Austen fans will probably already know that 2017 marks two hundred years since the death of the novelist on 18 July 1817 at the early age of 41.

Ref: Screenshot from the Jane Austen 200 website
Since then her six completed novels have been among the most loved in the English language, with a steady surge in popularity following their adaptations into film and TV versions.

After Jane’s death her brother Henry Austen organised the publication of her last book in 1818. It includes her earliest novel, Northanger Abbey, and her final completed novel, Persuasion, printed as a set in four small volumes.

Ref: Haruhiko Sameshima, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion volumes,
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-C1939