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Saying grace, 1958

Saying grace, 1958

Saying grace – giving thanks to God for food before eating a meal – was once a common practice, but its use declined throughout the 20th century as regular church-going decreased. Here, kindergarten children are saying grace at a party held at Karori West School in Wellington in 1958. The child at left seems far more interested in watching the others say grace than actually doing it.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1958/1269-F

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Eating - Table etiquette', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013