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Mocking Commissioner Branigan's police, 1866

By 1866 production on the Otago goldfields was declining and Otago Provincial Police Commissioner St John Branigan was forced to reduce the numbers of police in his force. A local satirical paper, the Otago Punch, offered this comment in cartoon form in September 1866. The upper panel shows a gang of burglars breaking into a large safe: ‘A place where we put the gold in Dunedin.’ Below, an armed officer with a magnificent drooping moustache, much like Branigan’s, strolls past without concern.

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Reference: Otago Punch. 8 September 1866, p. 12

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Richard S. Hill, 'Police - Provinces, war and gold, 1850s to 1870s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012