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Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army

The Gisborne Corps was formed under Lieutenant Holdaway on 31 October, 1886. Hoodlums created unseemly scenes at the early open-air meetings. A series of protests against the corps being permitted to hold page 337 street meetings led to a decision by the Borough Council, by 6 votes to 3, to request the police to take action “to abate the nuisance.” On 25 July, 1888, Major Peter Lovelock, William Wright, George Gleddin and William Hay were each fined 10/6 by Mr. Booth, R.M., in default 24 hours in prison. They elected to go to gaol. In Parliament, the Minister for Justice, in reply to a complaint by Richard John Seddon (who, some years later, became one of New Zealand's most noted Premiers) gave an assurance that no more prosecutions would be permitted. The present brick Citadel (dedicated in 1898) superseded a wooden building on the same site.