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1932 depression protests: Dunedin (1st of 3)

1932 depression protests: Dunedin

On 9 January 1932 hundreds of unemployed workers, frustrated and hungry from being denied relief from the government to buy food, marched on Wardell’s grocery store in George Street, Dunedin, smashing its front window. They attempted to break into the store but were repelled and dispersed by police. This photograph shows the attack on Wardell’s.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Destructive and violent protests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 November 2022)

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