Story: Children’s play

Devonport School playground, around 1910

This is the playground at Devonport School, a public primary school, around 1910. The playground is segregated, with a wooden fence separating the boys' playground from the smaller girls' area (behind the flagpole on the right). The boys were probably given a larger area as they were expected to play more active games. The lack of play equipment in both areas is notable. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Archer Price Collection (PAColl-3057)
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Peter Clayworth, 'Children’s play - Traditional Māori and settler children’s play', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013