Kōrero: Suicide

Rat poison

Rat poison

Rough on Rats was a common poison in the early 20th century, intended to kill a widespread household pest. Sadly, it was also often used by suicides – a fact exploited by this cartoon, which also draws on negative stereotypes of the stingy Scotsman. Poisoning was the most common suicide method in this period.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: New Zealand Free Lance, 8 September 1906, p. 15

Permission of the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Suicide - Methods of suicide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/cartoon/26439/rat-poison (accessed 27 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 16 Jul 2019 with assistance from Sunny Collings and Rosemary Du Plessis