Story: Gyms

Women and fitness: a school gym (1st of 2)

Women and fitness: a school gym

In the 20th century it became more acceptable for girls to exercise and participate in sports. Nelson College for Girls acquired its own gymnasium in the early 1900s. Students, dressed in 'gym tunics' (which later became the uniform at many girls' schools), showed their skills in this posed photograph. 

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Nelson Provincial Museum, F. N. Jones Collection
Reference: 310032
Photograph by Frederick Nelson Jones

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David Green, 'Gyms - Twentieth-century developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013