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Demonstrators and police, Parliament grounds, Wellington, 26 June 1968

Reference Number: EP/1968/2678/29-F

Police struggling to contain student protestors, Parliament grounds, Wellington, New Zealand. Photographed by an Evening Post staff photographer on the 26th of June 1968.

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Demonstrators and police, Parliament grounds, Wellington, Reference Number EP/1968/2678-F (1 digitised items)
Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper, Reference Number PAColl-7327-2 (1639 digitised items)
The Dominion Post :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers, Reference Number PAColl-7327 (2038 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original negative(s) Single image on 35mm negative strip Single negative

Historical Notes: The day was the official opening of Parliament. The protest started out as a trades union organised demonstration against the decision of the Court of Arbitration not to grant a general wage order. As well as a march through the city from Trades Hall, many more supporters gathered in the grounds of Parliament. At about two o'clock in the afternoon, Tom Skinner of the Federation of Labour asked the crowd to disperse. Most did, but those who remained were joined by a march of "some hundreds" of Victoria University students, and the event became a protest against the American military, SETO, and the war in Vietnam. By this time it was three o'clock and time for the Governor General to arrive. Holyoake, the Prime Minister appeared at the main entrance of Parliament which provoked a negative response from the crowd. The protestors surged forward and were barely constrained by the cordon of police. The Governor General was obliged to enter Parliament by a side door.

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