|Ref: AWNS-19330524-41-1, The Sunday Morning Promenade, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
This seemingly innocuous location in the park is a globally recognised symbolic site where people can meet and freely express their views. Since 1872, all speakers have had a legal right to speak here publicly about anything, as long as no profane language is used. At its peak during the 1930s to 1970s, this site had a 'vibrant culture of direct political engagement, street theatre, heckling and debate' (from Sounds from the Park).
|Ref: AWNS-19240424-37-1, showing Marble Arch and the corner of Hyde Park, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
A search for Hyde Park in Auckland Libraries' Heritage Images database reveals a wealth of interesting and sometimes bizarre events, which have taken place at Speakers' Corner and Hyde Park in general over the year. Including:
- Communist organisations marching on May Day
- a group of mounted Native Americans employed by a European film company
- NZers taking part in the suffragette demonstrations
- London bus drivers on strike
- an attempt on the life of King Edward VIII
- a procession to celebrate Lord Kitchener's return from South Africa.
|Ref: AWNS-19020828-11-1, Procession for Lord Kitchener, Sir George Grey Special Collections|