Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Specials and stonethrowers, 1913

Baton-wielding special constables (volunteer mounted police) confront stone-throwing strikers on Wellington’s Jervois Quay during the 1913 waterfront strike. Listen to Wellingtonian George Davies talk about the strike. Davies was a young boy when he took part in running battles with mounted ‘special constables’, voluntary police recruited to break the strike and restore order.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (1913 strike and the Depression/Reference number sa-t-0908-su07-sc).

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Reference: Auckland Weekly News, 13 November 1913 (A10659)

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - The 1912 and 1913 strikes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

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