This 1962 Nevile Lodge cartoon shows tourists comparing a gold-rush ghost town to New Zealand’s capital city on a Sunday. In 1945 a law was passed that put an end to Saturday shopping. Trading was limited to Monday to Friday, with one late night – usually Thursday or Friday. One of the reasons was to provide time for a family weekend. Until 1980 New Zealand’s main shopping streets were deserted at weekends, perplexing many overseas visitors when they found the country ‘closed’.
The text at the top right ‘The establishment of a “ghost town” has been suggested to the Tourism and Publicity Dept in an effort to attract more visitors to Westland,’ and at the text at the bottom says, ‘Gav, this is like that Wellington place on a Sunday.’
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