Imperial Identity in Antipodean Cities During the First World War and its Aftermath 1914–30

  • John Griffiths
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


In a lecture delivered in the aftermath of the First World War, entitled ‘Manhood of the Nation’, Chas Chilton, Professor of Biology at Canterbury College, addressed the issue of the wartime spirit in New Zealand. His verdict on the behaviour of many New Zealanders was damming. Whilst he noted that there were:

many brilliant examples of the sacrifice of self-interest to those of the country … taking the nation as a whole, and judging from what happened in New Zealand itself, I must confess that I do not see much of the great changes in the spirit and purpose of the nation that we have been told so often has resulted from the war; many things have happened that almost makes one despair. ‘Business as usual’ was perhaps a legitimate cry in the very early days of the war …. but it soon seemed as if people took business as usual to mean that they could go on with their money-getting and money spending for their individual interests just as they had done before the war … in many instances it was not a case of ‘business as usual’ but of ‘business much better than usual’.1


Imperial Culture Home Front Imperial Identity Onboard Ship Nationalistic Sentiment 
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  • John Griffiths
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesMassey UniversityNew Zealand

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