The Ridgway Street sensation

Charles Mackay was the influential Mayor of the Wanganui Borough for 13 years until he shot returned serviceman Darcy Cresswell for threatening to expose a secret and was expunged from local history for almost 50 years.

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Images

1.  Raffaello Romanelli’s 1914 sculpture, The Wrestlers, which Mackay and Cresswell visited at the Sarjeant Gallery

2. An illustration of Mackay in the Dock from NZ Truth – National Library of New Zealand

3. Mackay’s photo (left) in the Whanganui District Council Chamber

4. Invitation to the Prince of Wales visit – Image courtesy of Whanganui Regional Museum

5. One of the parades held by the RSA for the Prince of Wales – Cooks Gardens – Image courtesy of Whanganui Regional Museum

6. Former Whanganui Mayor Annette Main at the Rutland Hotel in 2016, where Cresswell and Mackay dined in 1920

7.  Charles Mackay’s former wife Isobel Duncan – Image courtesy of Whanganui Regional Museum

8. Charles Mackay’s daughter and a relative – Image courtesy of Whanganui Regional Museum

9. Playwright and actor David Charteris in character for his play ‘One of Those”, which is about the Mackay and Cresswell story

Raffaello Romanelli's 1914 sculpture, The Wrestlers, which Mackay and Cresswell visited at the Sarjeant Gallery
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