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Wrist lock no. 2

Wrist lock no. 2

This photograph from David Cossgrove's Peace Scouting for girls, published in 1910, demonstrates a move that would make a scoundrel who tried to grab a young woman 'howl with pain' and, if done quickly, could break his wrist. Such self-defence advice for women was before its time and in keeping with the Girl Peace Scouts' motto, 'Be always ready'. Girl Peace Scouts became part of the global Girl Guides movement in 1923.

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Reference: David Cossgrove, Peace scouting for girls. Christchurch: W. Strange, 1910, p. 89

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How to cite this page:

Helen Dollery, 'Youth organisations - Scouts and Guides', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Helen Dollery, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 31 Jan 2019