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Drunk and disorderly in Kaiapoi, 1872

Drunk and disorderly in Kaiapoi, 1872

Colonial newspapers were full of accounts such as this, in which inebriated males were charged with being drunk and disorderly and creating public disturbances by fisticuffs or bad language. From 1855 to 1870 about 45% of all convictions were for drunkenness.

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Reference: Lyttelton Times, 27 April 1872, p. 3

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Jock Phillips, 'Alcohol - Colonial drinking, 1800–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/40667/drunk-and-disorderly-in-kaiapoi-1872 (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 13 Apr 2016