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The New Zealand Legion

The year 1933 witnessed an unprecedented eruption of protest amongst urban businessmen and professionals in New Zealand. The most prominent manifestation of this protest was a radical conservative movement named the New Zealand Legion. Read the full article

Page 1 - The New Zealand Legion

The year 1933 witnessed an unprecedented eruption of protest amongst urban businessmen and professionals in New Zealand. The most prominent manifestation of this protest was a

Page 2 - Origins

The Wall Street Crash of October 1929 is generally recognised as the event that triggered the Great Depression. In New Zealand, the effects of the crash were not immediately

Page 3 - The desire to 'do something'

The New Zealand Legion was much more than a conservative protest against the coalition government. It was the focal point for a wide range of individuals, overwhelmingly from the

Page 4 - Organisation and membership

For the first few months after its February 1933 formation, the New Zealand Legion’s efforts were devoted to organisation and

Page 5 - Ideology

While the New Zealand Legion’s initial policy was deliberately vague, it contained several key elements that were central to the movement’s ideology throughout its

Page 6 - Internal conflicts

Because the New Zealand Legion was such a catch-all movement for various ideas and grievances, it was inevitable that its inherent contradictions would

Page 7 - Decline

Internal divisions and resignations over policy had considerably sapped the New Zealand Legion’s strength by the beginning of

Page 8 - Further information

Links and further reading suggestions relating to the New Zealand Legion,