Story: Clothes

Family portrait, 1909

Family portrait, 1909

This family portrait is a good example of the ways children dressed at different ages in the early 1900s. The youngest child is clothed in a sailor suit, a classic item for little boys in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His sister (centre) is wearing the short, high-waisted dress of young girlhood, whereas the eldest girl has graduated to a bodice like her mother's. The older boy at the back is a small replica of his father. They would all have been wearing their best clothes for the photograph. 

Using this item

Auckland City Libraries – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: 31-56282
Photograph by Herman John Schmidt

Permission of Auckland City Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Fiona McKergow, 'Clothes - Children’s clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Fiona McKergow, published 5 Sep 2013