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Melbourne "Vigilantes" Place Family In Empty House

Rec, 11. MELBOURNE, this day. Arising from Melbourne's serious house shortage a group of returned servicemen styling themselves the "Vigilantes," on the lines of that body recently operating in Brighton, England, last night installed a returned soldier, his wife and two children in a vacant house in Hawthorn suburb. , The house, which had been rented, but not occupied by an 80-year-old man, for sentimental reasons', had been vacant for three years. The family has been living in one room in another suburb. While the moving-in process was going on a policeman, passing by on a cycle, stopped to inquire the cause of commotion. On being told that it was just a family taking possession of their home he said, "That all," and cycled on his way. The "Vigilantes" claim that, if something is not done to relieve the housing position soon, they will take over other houses, including the Captain Cook cottage in Fitzroy Gardens. This cottage was acquired in England some years ago by a public-spirited Melbourne citizen and transported in sections to Melbourne and re-erected in the gardens as a gift to the city and a memorial to Captain Cook.

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SERVICEMEN ACT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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SERVICEMEN ACT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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