1886: law and order in Levuka; drunks put in stocks, and financial dispute settles by public fights on Sunday in Boatmans Square

“During all this time, (1868 to 1871,) it must be remembered, there was no Government, and the state of things reminded off of the glorious times of the first gold rush to California. for on all the rushes – in Australia – law and order were established from the outset.
Here In Levuka, however, notwithstanding a spice of the rowdy element in the presence of those employed in ‘the labour trade’, and (??)  from Australia, tolerably good order was maintained, (by) the British and American consuls being acknowledged in some sort as magistrates,.
Law and order in early Levuka: Obnoxious or disorderly drunkards and othor offenders against publie order and decency were clapped in the stocks, a pair of which were erected
Financial disputes were generally settled by a resort to fisticuffs in Boatman’s-square, in the centre of the town, where a nice piece of turf was surrounded by several drinking shops.
Those encounters generally took place on Sunday afternoon, when other business was suspended”.
The Mercury Supplement, (Hobart, Tasmania)  Saturday 13 February, 1886.  This item appears written by a Levuka resident.  It encourages tourism to Levuka.  Author uses the name “Tasmanian”. Possibly Frederick Langham.    Probably a ship-owner and trader with a long term trading relationship with Levuka and Suva, for at least five years – since 1880.


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