The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise

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The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise
The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise cover.jpg
AuthorAustin Mitchell
CountryNew Zealand
PublisherWhitcombe and Tombs
Publication date
LC ClassDU427 .M53

The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise[1] was a popular book by Austin Mitchell, published by Whitcombe and Tombs (Christchurch, 1972), with illustrations by Les Gibbard. It provided a witty, satirical description of life in 1960s New Zealand,[2] and Kiwi culture.

Described as "a celebrated vision of New Zealand as heaven on earth",[3] the book was a great success in New Zealand. The phrase "Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise" soon became part of the New Zealand vernacular, with the term "quarter-acre pavlova paradise" being included in the Dictionary of New Zealand English.[4] Mitchell revisited New Zealand 30 years after writing his original volume, and motivated by the social changes he observed, he penned a sequel entitled Pavlova Paradise Revisited.[5]


  • "Half Gallon", popularly called the "Half G", was the standard size of a flagon of beer then sold in New Zealand pubs
  • "Quarter Acre" referred to the ubiquitous suburban section of land on which most Kiwis built their homes
  • "Pavlova", a popular New Zealand dessert

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ISBN 978-0-7233-0349-7
  2. ^ : The 1960s
  3. ^ NZWords pamphlet, pages 3,4 (no. 4, August 2000), by Tony Deverson and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre
  4. ^ Orsman, H.W., (ed.) (1997). The Dictionary of New Zealand English: a dictionary of New Zealandisms on historical principles. Auckland: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-558380-9.
  5. ^ ISBN 978-0-14-301826-1