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Donnybrook on a train

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Some of the Waitahuna A. and P. Society’s officials, with Sir James and Miss Allen. — Otago Witness, 20.1.1920.

Oamaru: The recent United Friendly Societies picnic train from Oamaru to Timaru carried 2000 persons, including many women and children.

A number of young men drank to excess while in Timaru, and the scene on the return journey was indescribable. Three constables who were passengers proved powerless to keep order.

The train was described as a Donnybrook from end to end. Nine windows were broken. The first trouble was started by a man objecting to another pulling a woman through a window at a stop. Thereafter it spread to the whole train.


© Otago Daily Times