june memories / 19


19th June, 1931 : A pitched battle between police and a group protesting at the eviction of an unemployed family at Newtown, Sydney, ended with 14 police and 13 rioters injured, some of them critically. There were similar scenes in Bankstown two days ago, and tonight the public ire has been shown in wholesale window smashing. At Newtown 50 police forced a way into the house with axes and hammers, but one of them was felled in a hallway by a terrific blow and the others were driven back by gas emanating from a broken pipe. A fierce battle ensued upstairs and one man was shot before the eviction was completed.

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