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Lecture by Crawford Somerset, Feilding Community Centre, 1940s

Lecture by Crawford Somerset, Feilding Community Centre, 1940s

Gwen and Crawford Somerset were the first directors of the Feilding Community Centre, a pioneering adult education institute and the country's first rural community centre. It opened in the Manawatū town in 1938 at the instigation of Feilding Agricultural High School principal Leonard Wild. The Somersets offered a varied programme of classes and lectures during their tenure at the centure (1938–47). This is Crawford Somerset giving a lecture some time in the 1940s. 

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Adult education - Further developments, 1915 to 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012