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Police physical culture class, 1906

Police physical culture class, 1906

At the beginning of the 20th century, anxiety in England about the physical decline of the race (sparked especially by the poor physical level of Boer War recruits) encouraged a movement for gymnastics and physical culture. This quickly spread to New Zealand. Here, members of the Auckland police (another English institution) display their Anglo-Saxon manhood.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Star Collection (PA-Group-00610)
Reference: 1/1-003161; G

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Terry Hearn, 'English - Values', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2046/police-physical-culture-class-1906 (accessed 9 April 2020)

Story by Terry Hearn, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015