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OC WELLINGTON, this day. Three families who were evicted from the King's Hotel last week, are now installed in a State house; but not* the manner which was can-tpi-riDlated by the Government. They arriving in one of the most ancient and decrepit habitations in Wellington but so close to a large block of State flats that-they could throw a stone on to the roof with ease. All chimneys but one are flush with the roof level, weatherboards are rotting off, and there is a coalfess cooking range. Windows have had to be boarded up to keep out the elements, but the ram still comes in 'through holes in the roof. Nevertheless for them it is a refuge. They just walked in, took up their residence, and then notified the Government authorities. There are six adults and five children the oldest of whom is six years, living in the house. Naturally, there is a certain degree of tension, and a great deal of uncertainty. For many weeks the three young husbands combed the city for a place in which their families might live. Night and day and at week-ends they carried on their quest. All are in permanent emplovment, but once they informed house-owners that they had children, that was the end of their aspirations. Pooled Their Resources Police officers, after what was statPd by one of the men to have been a day-long search, got the wives and children housing for one night in a private hotel. The husbands slept at the City Mission. Next day one of the men found an empty and apparently abandoned house. All three families moved in, and pooled their resources to furnish the premises, which appeared to have been vacant for years. They had literally to cut their way in up a pathway overgrown with shrubs and other vegetation. They used sheet iron to fill up a gap in a rear wall, and three-ply to fill up holes where panes had disappeared from windows. They had to work hard to get some degree of cleanliness in a place in which rats and vagrants had had uninterrupted abode.

Daily they are in communication with the Government authorities, asking for housing under Jess primitive conditions. When informed last week that there was no State house available, they replied that there was, and that they were in it. They are awaiting the Government's next move. The municipal Authorities reconnected the electric lines to the house at the occupants' request. The house in which the families have taken up their residence is Government " property, having been acquired in a land purchase some years ago.

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REFUGE FOUND, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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REFUGE FOUND Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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