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‘Massey’s cossacks’

‘Massey’s cossacks’

This squadron of Prime Minister William Massey’s mounted special constables are in Hanson Street, Wellington, near the Basin Reserve, during the 1913 waterfront strike. Most of these men were farmers and farm workers, and their participation in this exercise was organised by the Farmers’ Union. The violence with which they broke the strike earned them the name, ‘Massey’s cossacks’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Willie Smith and Steven Kelly, 'Farmer and grower organisations - Political organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Willie Smith and Steven Kelly, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 30 Nov 2023