One legged tailor
A man with one leg sought permission to enter the country without paying a bond on 29 October 1909.
The application from Mr F. Barlow, a tailor, perplexed customs officials who found no precedent to fall back on. They allowed him to land in New Zealand after getting the green light from the Minister of Internal Affairs who wrote: “I am satisfied that although he has lost one of his legs he isn’t likely to become a charge upon any public or charitable institution in the Dominion.”
Shown here is the letter from the Minister of Customs regarding the case.
ACGO 8333 IA1/1086/ 1909/2530
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