Marlborough Express Photographs From August 1957
Battle of the eggs

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Record 39/223
Copyright The Marlborough Express Newspaper Co. Ltd
Collection Marlborough Express Negatives
Description Newspaper image from Negative number 34, referenced to scrapbook 1 - No.1 to 641, 23.7.57 to 28.8.57 - and published in The Marlborough Express Tuesday September 3, 1957, page 6.

"An irate hiss and a flurry of feathers greeted The Express photographer when he approached this swan, belonging to the C.B.A. [Come to Blenheim Association], which has a nest near Riverside Park. Not only was his visit an infringement of normal nesting rights, but the swan has had to fight off small boys for some time now to have its two eggs.

"Many youngsters are making it almost a daily habit to annoy the swan, with one aim, apparently - the theft of its eggs. It is illegal to disturb these birds. Those responsible can be prosecuted and fined heavily.

"The acclimatisation Society's ranger, Mr. P.L. Barker, said that at this time of the year there was a constant plague of schoolboys roaming up and down the river banks, searching for eggs, and shooting at anything they could draw a bead on. He asked that anyone promptly warn off any boys seen disturbing birds in the river sanctuaries.

"In this photograph the eggs are indicated by an arrow."
Year Range from 1957
Object ID MEX0.900.0032A
Object Name Newspaper
People Barker, P.L.
Place Marlborough
Studio The Marlborough Express Newspaper Co. Ltd
Title Battle of the eggs
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Last modified on: April 12, 2013