Story: Divorce and separation

Divorce publicity

Divorce publicity

Newspaper reports of divorce ranged from detailed and scandalous accounts to lists of more ordinary cases. Shown here is a 1912 report printed in Wellington’s Evening Post. It names all those involved and the causes: misconduct (usually affairs), drunkenness and desertion.

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Reference: Evening Post, 21 May 1912, p. 3

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Divorce and separation - Growth in divorce: 1898–1979', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/29831/divorce-publicity (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Nov 2018