Story: Children’s play

Playing with Meccano, 1986

Playing with Meccano, 1986

Nicholas and Katherine Beauchamp pose here with a Meccano cargo ship, in Lower Hutt, in 1986. 13-year-old Nicholas spent 40 hours building the ship. Meccano consisted of metal pieces that were bolted together. By the 1980s Meccano was becoming a rarity, replaced by plastic building sets such as Lego.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1986/2245

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Peter Clayworth, 'Children’s play - Toys – from homemade to mass market', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013