It was believed that New Zealand should be reserved for people of British descent. Britannia, the helmeted woman symbolising Britain, was on New Zealand’s penny coin for many years. She also appeared in performances and parades, and was a popular theme for ‘tableaux vivants’ staged in town and country halls. This Stratford School tableau was probably staged during the First World War.
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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
Photograph by James McAllister
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