Kōrero: Street life

Hello sailor!

Hello sailor!

Being a prostitute was not illegal in colonial society. However, under the Vagrant Act 1866 prostitutes could be charged with acting in a riotous or shocking manner in a public place. This happened to Wellingtonian Ellen Butcher in 1867. In this report it is unclear on what basis she was charged – whether it was for wearing a sailor’s suit or running away.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Daily Southern Cross, 5 January 1867, p. 5

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Street trade and people, 1840–1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/20673/hello-sailor (accessed 24 July 2024)

He kōrero nā Ben Schrader, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010