Story: Gyms

Gymnastics exhibition, 1887

In November 1887 the students of Dunedin gymnastics teacher 'Professor' Oscar David held a benefit exhibition for him. This poster, which advertises the event, includes illustrations of various gym activities: vaulting over a horse; leaping over a high jump bar; climbing and descending a rope; exercising with weights; performing routines with Roman rings and on horizontal bars and parallel bars; fencing and boxing. It also shows women exercising to music.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-GYMNASTICS-1887-01-front

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How to cite this page:

David Green, 'Gyms - Origins of the gym', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by David Green, published 5 Sep 2013