Story: Women and men

Dance-hall supper

Dance-hall supper

For most of the 20th century, dances were a primary form of entertainment, particularly for people in their teens and 20s. Held by schools, churches and local communities, dances were put on in local halls, and usually included a supper. They were one of the few places where men and women socialised together. This is supper time at a Christchurch Teachers’ College Friday night dance in 1957.

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Charlotte Macdonald, 'Women and men - Parallel worlds: mid-20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

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