Hunter, Ashley John Barsby, 1854-1932:Federation in the air. One possible view of the position of New Zealand. New Zealand Graphic, September 16, 1899. Vol XXIII - No XII.
- Hunter, Ashley John Barsby, 1854-1932; New Zealand Graphic and Ladies' Journal
New Zealand is shown as a small boy in sailor costume riding on the tail of a kangaroo bounding across the Tasman sea from New Zealand to Australia. Exhibition and book captions read - New Zealand supporters of federation [with Australia] stressed the shared British stock, language, Queen, God and trade possibilities. New Zealand would progress by 'leaps and bounds' with an assured market for cereals, fruit and some manufactured goods. South Seas isolation was another reason for embracing federation. There was uneasiness about growing German power and French intentions in the Pacific. There was also fear, however, irrational, of the 'yellow peril'.
Exhibited in 'The Other Side of the Ditch' exhibition of cartoons on the New Zealand-Australian relationship curated by Ian F. Grant of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive and exhibited in the National Library Gallery from 28 November 2001 to 24 February 2002 to mark the centenary of Australian Federation. Also exhibited at X Space Gallery, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland in mid-March 2002 and at Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australia from 26 March 2003 to 29 June 2003.
Published in 'The Other Side of the Ditch' by Ian F. Grant, published by the New Zealand Cartoon Archive in association with Tandem Press, 2001.
Extended Title - A contemporary prophesies that should New Zealand join the [Australian] Federation the colony would progress by "leaps and bounds".
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