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Māori shepherds and shearers playing tennis, 1899

Māori shepherds and shearers playing tennis, 1899

Māori took up tennis after it was introduced to New Zealand in the 1870s. In Hawke's Bay, Māori who worked on the large pastoral stations picked up the game after seeing it played by Pākehā runholders. Here shepherds and shearers play a game of mixed doubles at Elms Hill Station in Central Hawke's Bay in 1899, probably on a Sunday afternoon.

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Joseph Romanos, 'Tennis - The development of tennis, 1870s to 1910s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37335/maori-shepherds-and-shearers-playing-tennis-1899 (accessed 21 October 2021)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013