Ticket, 'The Big Three' Art Union; Big Three Art Union; 31.05.1926; WW.2018.2679

Name/Title

Ticket, 'The Big Three' Art Union

About this object

This is a packet of ‘Art Union’ tickets which was found in the house of Bob Buchanan (Cocky Bob) at Chaslands.

What is an Art Union ticket?
Art Union tickets were an early form of lottery in New Zealand. In the mid-19th century New Zealanders could subscribe to the British Art Unions where they could invest in a guinea or more to be in with a chance to win an artwork. New Zealand artists began their own unions from the 1860s which gave New Zealanders a chance to own artwork which they would never otherwise be able to afford. By the 1870s, art union prizes had expanded to include sports betting and the likes, however, the word lottery had negative connotation regarding gambling, so ‘art unions’ became a more acceptable term for lottery gambling.

Maker

Big Three Art Union

Maker Role

Maker

Date Made

31.05.1926

Period

1920s

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed material, paper

Measurements

l 245 mm x w 95 mm x d 2 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Entertainment

Object Type

documents

Object number

WW.2018.2679

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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