Story: Bicycles

Bikes for district nurses

Bikes for district nurses

Nurse Maude (fourth from right) stands with a group of district nurses and their bicycles outside her Durham Street headquarters in Christchurch in 1914. Before cars and other vehicles became the most common means of transport, bicycles were used by various services, including police and the fire brigade. In Christchurch, Nurse Maude’s District Nursing Service was provided with bicycles by a donor. Sibylla Maude herself taught nurses who had not yet learnt how to ride a bike.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
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Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Jamie Mackay, 'Bicycles - Bicycles for work and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Jamie Mackay, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2016