You must not go against these people

  • Victoria K. Haskins


At midnight, on 23 February 1934, Ming and Norman were woken by a phone call from the Hornsby police. Del had been seriously ‘roughed up’ by some youths, she had given the police their names and her attackers would be picked up within an hour. At the police station, Del told Ming that she had gone out earlier that night to meet a youth named Andrews. He had taken her to the local park,

and as soon as they got inside the gate two other youths attacked her — they kicked her when she turned her back and punched her when she faced them — two of these fellows held her down on an ‘ants’ nest’ … she fought hard too and she certainly looked like it — they told her she was in a certain condition! and called her some dreadful names …

The police had to wait for Detective-Sergeant Todd to arrive before they could bring the youths in for questioning, but when Todd did arrive he said, as he had done before, that Del was a ‘liar’, and again that ‘she’ll have to be got rid of! she’s got to be mentally examined!’ He added that she was a ‘public nuisance’ and he was ‘going to hand her over to the Board’s control’.


Police Department Bright Spot Royal Commission Local Park Woman Police 
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  1. 4.
    Keith Amos, The New Guard Movement 1931–1935 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976), 75, 76.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    Eric Campbell, The Rallying Point: My Story of the New Guard (London: Melbourne University Press, 1965), 113, 116.Google Scholar

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