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Attack in Walker Street

Attack in Walker Street

The Walker Street area of Dunedin was dubbed ‘the devil’s half acre’ and ‘outcast Dunedin’. But it was also home to many thriving Lebanese families who ignored the vice that surrounded them. They suffered some discrimination and were often referred to as Syrians, Assyrians or gypsies. The 1916 incident in Walker Street was an exceptional case that the magistrate called ‘a blackguardly attack upon a peaceful body of citizens’. The melée began when Antony Joseph remonstrated with some men for using obscene language in front of respectable ladies.

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Reference: Otago Daily Times, 4 January 1916

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James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, 'Middle Eastern peoples - Assimilation and recent arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by James Veitch and Dalia Tinawi, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015