Story: Shows and field days

Merry-go-round (1st of 3)


A clown performs in front of a merry-go-round, at the Masterton show in 1909. Sideshow alleys appeared in country shows from the 1890s and were very popular with children.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
Reference: 1/1-022681; G
Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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Jock Phillips, 'Shows and field days - Shows as entertainment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008