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Marching school children

Marching school children

Dunedin school children march past royal visitors, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) at a reception in 1901. Marching displays were popular with young people in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and this tradition may have influenced the later rise of formation marching for young women.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: AWNS-19010712-2-2
Photograph by J. R. Mann

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Charlotte Macdonald, 'Marching teams and cheerleaders - The beginnings of marching as a sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Charlotte Macdonald, published 5 Sep 2013