Story: Weekends

Crowd at the Days Bay water chute, 1910s

Crowd at the Days Bay water chute, 1910s

This is a Sunday crowd at the water chute in Days Bay, on Wellington Harbour, in the 1910s. Despite sabbatarian opposition, many people used their Sundays for recreation. In response, transport companies organised Sunday excursion ferries and trains. In the 1890s entrepreneur John Williams set up a recreation resort at Days Bay, a popular site for Sunday excursionists from Wellington.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
Reference: 1/1-022709-G
Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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How to cite this page:

Peter Clayworth, 'Weekends - Origins of the weekend – the Sunday sabbath', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39777/crowd-at-the-days-bay-water-chute-1910s (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013