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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Paparua Riot, Christchurch, 1965

No sooner had the Auckland riot subsided than trouble broke out in the south. On 24 July two convicts made an abortive attempt to set fire to part of Mount Crawford Prison, Wellington. On the following day, at Paparua Prison, Christchurch, a riot broke out during a service in the chapel. A fierce fight followed in which six warders were injured. The east wing of the prison was set on fire, and the revolt was quelled only after tear-gas was used. More than 40 warders and policemen suffered superficial injuries.

by Bernard John Foster, M.A., Research Officer, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington and Herbert Otto Roth, B.A., DIP.N.Z.L.S., Deputy Librarian, University of Auckland.