Some events around Peace Day 19 July 1919, as reported in the Melbourne press over one week
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ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVES EXPRESS REGRET
Early yesterday morning the Federal President of the Returned Soldiers’ and Sailors’ League, and members of the Victorian Executive, waited on the Premier and expressed regret for what had occurred on the previous day, and gave Mr. Lawson the assurance that the League would not countenance the riotous conduct that had been in evidence on Monday.
Complaint against Police Official
A deputation from the Returned Soldiers’ Association waited on Sir George Steward, Chief Commissioner of Police, yesterday afternoon and presented charges, in writing, against Senior Constable Scanlon. Sir George Steward stated that the charges would be inquired into immediately.
Accusations made concerning the conduct of Senior Constable Scanlon were informally discussed at the Russell-street Barracks yesterday by the sub-officer’s comrades, who generally agreed that he had done no more than the circumstances warranted in his endeavours to quell the street disturbances on Saturday night.
Sir George Steward, Chief Commissioner, in answer to inquiries made by the sub-officer’s comrades, stated that Senior Constable Scanlon had not been suspended, but had been relieved from city duty meanwhile for obvious reasons and in his own interests.
RIOTERS IN COURT.
The announcement by the Premier in his appeal to all loyal citizens, asking them to stand by the Government for the maintenance of order, contained a statement that the Ministry had taken steps to prevent a recurrence of the wild scenes at the public offices...
Replying to questions, Mr. Lawson said that consideration was being given by the Ministry to a suggestion that the Act should be further widened. It is possible that the Act will be passed today.
Age Thursday 24 July 1919
Yesterday the city was quiet. At no time during the day or night was there a repetition of the disgraceful, riotous scenes which followed the peace celebrations on Saturday.
RETURNING TROOPS. Forthcoming Disembarkations
Four transports will disembark large contingents of returning Victorians on Friday and Saturday.
Vessels due on Friday are the Essex, which has on board over 500 members of the Fourth Light Horse Regiment, returning home after years of arduous service in Palestine; the Bremen, with 525 men and soldiers’ wives and children, and the Lucie Woerman, bringing wives and children of soldiers and some munitions workers.
The Port Darwin is expected to reach Port Melbourne on Saturday with 525 men from England.
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