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Michael Joseph Savage

Michael Joseph Savage

My how things have changed.

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Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage lifts a cumbersome dining table through a cheering throng toward the house’s threshold.

Shot at the opening of the Labour government’s first state house in 1937 at 12 Fife Lane, Miramar, Wellington, this image is one of New Zealand’s iconic photographs: Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage lifts a cumbersome dining table through a cheering throng toward the house’s threshold. For the government, the Prime Minister’s deed was intended to emphasise that he was the servant of ‘the people‘, not above manual labour. David McGregor, son of the original tenant, wasn’t convinced by the gesture. He wryly recalled that Savage dropped the table as soon as he was through the front door. Whatever the motivation, the image endured in the public imagination and became, for many, the defining symbol of the first Labour government’s state housing programme.

-nzhistory.net.nz


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