Story: Gangs

Milk-bar cowboys, 1950s

Milk-bar cowboys, 1950s

New Zealand youths quickly emulated American popular culture, modelling themselves on figures such as James Dean and Elvis Presley. Milk-bar cowboys – also known as bodgies – congregated outside milk bars on motorbikes. The 1950s saw the emergence of New Zealand's first modern gangs, many centering on motorcycle ownership.

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Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Motorcycle and white supremacist gangs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/28240/milk-bar-cowboys-1950s (accessed 19 November 2017)

Story by Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011