Story: Rural clothing

Jerusalem commune, 1971

Jerusalem commune, 1971

A group relax on the porch at poet James K. Baxter’s commune at Jerusalem (Hiruhārama), up the Whanganui River, in 1971. They were part of a counter-culture escaping the conventions of a suburban existence. In the 1970s many alternative lifestylers bought cheap land in places such as the Coromandel Peninsula and Golden Bay. They often wore different clothing from local farmers and their families and this made them highly visible.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
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Bronwyn Labrum, 'Rural clothing - Rural fashion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 March 2023)

Story by Bronwyn Labrum, published 24 Nov 2008