Story: Body shape and dieting

Recruitment poster

Recruitment poster

Advertising for recruits in 1890, the Wellington Rifle Company was particularly interested in applicants' height and chest measurements. The specified minimum height of 5 feet 6 inches (168 centimetres) seems short by modern standards but was probably above average for a late-19th-century New Zealand man.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-B-ARMY-1890-01

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Caroline Daley, 'Body shape and dieting - Average heights and weights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 October 2021)

Story by Caroline Daley, published 5 Sep 2013