New Zealand Newspaper Articles

Various articles from digitalized newspapers in New Zealand. More articles to follow in future posts.

Dunedin – 1864                                                                                                                               John Buggy was charged under the Vagrancy Act with having no visible lawful means of support. He had been known to the police since March 1863 and was frequently found in the company of prostitutes and “the worst of loafers”. He was also involved in “ring dropping” and “playing off the trick”. [1]

Grey Mouth – 1866                                                                                                                         Court case: Mary Buggy v Margaret Scanlan. Buggy instigated legal action against Scanlan to recover £2 7s, for the value of a carpet and jug taken by Scanlan. [2] Scanlan paid £1 9s to the court but the judge awarded the full amount to Buggy.

Christchurch – 1875                                                                                                                  Joseph Buggy was a witness at a trial where the plaintiff accused the defendant of slander. Buggy worked as a waiter at the Morton hotel.[3]

Grey Mouth – 1879                                                                                                                   Joseph Buggy – Your mother is anxious to hear from you. Something to your advantage. Write Immediately. M.Buggy – Drummond St., Carlton.[4]

Christchurch – 1896                                                                                                                  James Buggy was fined for a breach of the by-laws because he drove over a crossing at more than a walking pace. He was fined 5s and had to pay court costs of 7s.[5]


[1] Author Unknown, Resident Magistrates Court in Otaga Daily Times, 14January 1864, p.4; Papers Past http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz : accessed18 April 2011

[2] Author Unknown, Resident Magistrates Court in Gray River Argus, 31 May 1866, p.2; Papers Past http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz : accessed18 April 2011

[3] Author Unknown, Supreme Court in The Star, 22 July 1875, p.3; Papers Past http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz : accessed18 April 2011

[4] Author Unknown, Advertisements Column Two in Gray River Argus, 26 September 1879, p.2; Papers Past http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz : accessed18 April 2011

[5] Author Unknown, Magisterial in The Star, 4 December 1896, p.3; Papers Past http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz : accessed18 April 2011

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