They’re at it again

People keep telling me how much Russell has changed since the days when it was known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific. But when I visited this weekend, I found it hard to believe…

There were bawdy whores parading along the waterfront, shouting abuse at passers by.

Drunken sailors were gambling outside the Duke of Marlborough. When one man was accused of cheating, a savage fight broke out.

The God-fearing citizens of Russell were out in force with their placards.

It seems that they’re at it again.

Then, just when I thought the place truly was damned, I was handed a Programme of Events. Phew…

Many thanks to the people of Russell (Kororareka) for this beautiful, bright burst of dirty history.


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