Story: Tertiary education

Student life: capping day at Canterbury, 1936 (1st of 4)

Capping day was an annual highlight for university students. It was a chance to celebrate success in public, but also presented opportunities for frivolous and sometimes outrageous behaviour. Cross-dressing by male students was common, as this Canterbury University College (Canterbury University) capping-day montage of 1936 shows. Zoom in for a closer look.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Kerryn Pollock, 'Tertiary education - Universities before 1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/34412/student-life-capping-day-at-canterbury-1936 (accessed 16 July 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012