Story: Children and sport

Early netball game

Early netball game

Girls play netball (then called basketball) at an unidentified school in 1910. In the early days the basket was literally a basket and had to be tipped to release the ball. Later the basket was replaced by a hoop. Netball became identified as a girls' sport in much the same way as rugby was a boys' sport.  

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Archer Price Collection (PAColl-3057)
Reference: 1/2-000260-G
Photograph by William Archer Price

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Ben Schrader, 'Children and sport - Early sport, 1860 to 1919', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013