July 02, 2014
Cull cranky at camel chain con
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull is calling on the man who sold him some leg irons to examine his moral position and maybe give the money back.
Mr Cull paid $3900 for the shackles, which vendor Steve McCormack claimed had been used to restrain Taranaki prisoners in caves during the 1800s.
Now Toitu Otago Settlers Museum staff says they were probably made in the Middle East in the early 20th century and used for shackling camels.
They say the Portobello Rd cave where Mr McCormack claimed to have found the irons in the early 1970s was used up until about then as storage for a boat club.
Mr McCormack now denies he linked the irons to Maori prisoners.
Mr Cull says buying the irons was the right thing to do at the time because of concern over the potential sensitivity of the items to Taranaki iwi.
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