Kōrero: Rural mythologies

Larrikin nuisance

Larrikin nuisance

The development of cities in New Zealand threatened the rural ideology of the country. People became critical of some of the problems of the city, such as dirt, crowding and the unruly behaviour of young men on the streets. The contemporary slang for such youths was ‘larrikins’. Here, a resident of Newtown in Wellington writes to the Evening Post about the larrikin nuisance.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Evening Post. 12 August 1889, p. 3

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Country versus city, 1890–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/20313/larrikin-nuisance (accessed 25 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008