The Broken Decade: Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39
- Date: Wednesday, 6 September, 2017
12.15pm to 1pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Was 1932 a turning point?
Malcolm McKinnon considers the significance of the year 1932 in New Zealand’s history. Keith Sinclair famously described the disturbances of that year and the government’s harsh response as marking New Zealand’s nadir. But the disturbances also prompted the government to abandon its austerity policy, although this was hard to pick at the time, and a political impasse about the way forward stymied recovery.
Malcolm McKinnon is a Wellington historian. His study The Broken Decade: Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39, was published by Otago University Press in 2016.
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The crowd of unemployed demonstrators at the gates of Parliament Buildings, Lambton Quay, Wellington, 10 May 1932. Evening Post Collection. Ref. 1/2-084210-G