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Fruity Bits - an indecent document

Greetings. My name is Andrew Jackson Wright. I work as an Archive Support Assistant here at Archives NZ. My main responsibility is to retrieve materials for researchers in the Reading Room. Without me no one gets their files - so be nice ;)


My favourite archive is “Fruity Bits” because it makes me nostalgic for a time in New Zealand when things seemed simpler. You didn’t have to worry about what you were doing on a Friday night because there was only one thing to do - go dancing. You didn’t need to worry about whether to have Thai or Malaysian for dinner because there were no Thai or Malaysian restaurants – only the Green Parrot.


This is the last known copy of “Fruity Bits”. On Febuary 15th 1932 a Miss Emily Mueller wrote to the Department of Internal Affairs complaining of the publications ‘demoralising effect on our idle boys’. Miss Mueller supplied two copies of “Fruity Bits” with her letter. These are now in the collection of Archives NZ. The editor of “Fruity Bits”, John Tonking, was brought before the courts and convicted of ‘causing to be printed an indecent document’. He was fined 10 pounds and discharged. The remaining copies of “Fruity Bits” were destroyed. The Frolicsome Fun was over.


ACGO 8333 IA1 3358/64/6


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Taken on May 31, 2013