Story: Men’s clubs

Palmerston North volunteer fire police, 1906

Palmerston North volunteer fire police, 1906

New Zealand men have set up many exclusively male organisations, from sporting clubs to volunteer fire brigades. As in this example from 1906, many of these groups adopted distinctive uniforms. While fire brigades had an important function at a time when fire was always a danger and there were no professional fire brigades, socialising was an important by-product for the men.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Men’s clubs - Fraternalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018