Story: Childhood

Socialist Sunday school outing, 1920s

Socialist Sunday school outing, 1920s

In the 19th and 20th centuries many children attended Sunday school. They went for religious instruction, but also for social and educational purposes. Some parents used Sunday schools as a kind of babysitting service. This Socialist Sunday school is off for an outing in Auckland in the 1920s. Socialist Sunday schools were a secular alternative to traditional church Sunday schools. The banners read 'Socialist Sunday School to teach us freedom of thought and freedom of self-expression', 'We desire to be just and loving to stand up for the weak and oppressed', and 'We want a new society founded on truth love and justice.'

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Childhood - Friendship, sport and youth groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Dec 2018