The development of cities in New Zealand threatened the rural ideology of the country. People became critical of some of the problems of the city, such as dirt, crowding and the unruly behaviour of young men on the streets. The contemporary slang for such youths was ‘larrikins’. Here, a resident of Newtown in Wellington writes to the Evening Post about the larrikin nuisance.
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Reference: Evening Post. 12 August 1889, p. 3
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