Story: Women and men

All Blacks in action

All Blacks in action

The 1905 All Blacks are shown here in a line-out against the Midland Counties during their tour of the British Isles, France and the United States. The All Blacks won the match 21–5, and lost only one of the other games they played. This team, which was also the first to use the 'All Black' name, became legendary. They displayed the physical capacity and competitive success that was seen as essential to colonial manhood.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-1012-1/4-F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Charlotte Macdonald, 'Women and men - Soldiers and sportsmen: 1880s–1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29222/all-blacks-in-action (accessed 19 October 2019)

Story by Charlotte Macdonald, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017