Story: Public protest

Kiwi railway station sit-in

Kiwi railway station sit-in

As a train approaches Kiwi railway station, women sit on the line knitting and chatting. The group was protesting against the 1955 closure of the Nelson railway line. After 10 days police moved in and arrested nine of the women for obstruction. They were convicted in court and fined, but supporters soon paid their fines.

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Geoffrey C. Wood Collection
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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Sit-ins and occupations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015