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Sports day for New Zealanders, South African War

Sports day for New Zealanders, South African War

A New Zealand trooper competes in the high jump at a sports day during the South African War (1899–1902). Such competitions were important to keep up morale and unit spirit, particularly during the long periods of inactivity that inevitably occur in war. New Zealand troops also took part in a variety of sporting competitions against British and other colonial units and occasionally against local teams.

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National Army Museum, New Zealand, Richard Stowers Collection
Reference: 1999.1714

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Ian McGibbon, 'Military and sport - South African and First World wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 5 Sep 2013