Story: Women’s networks and clubs

Afternoon tea: tea in the garden (1st of 2)

Afternoon tea: tea in the garden

Two women enjoy afternoon tea in the garden, about 1912. The elaborate hats they are wearing suggest that this was a formal visit. In New Zealand the practice of paying calls evolved into the rituals of morning and afternoon tea. These were occasions when women could socialise together in their homes.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-1396-1/2-F
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Women’s networks and clubs - Social and friendship networks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2018