Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Black Tuesday in Waihī, 1912 (1st of 3)

Black Tuesday in Waihī, 1912

Striking miners are chased through the streets of Waihī by enraged strike-breakers, while mounted police stand by. Eight months after the Waihī miners went out on strike, open violence erupted between them and the hundreds of strike-breakers and police who had arrived in the town. On 12 November 1912, a date later known as Black Tuesday, striker Fred Evans was batoned to death and the strike-breakers rampaged through Waihī, attacking strikers and forcing them and their families to leave town.

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - The 1912 and 1913 strikes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016