Two boys indulge in a spot of wrestling in the early 1900s. Variations on fighting, both playful and more serious, have long been an aspect of boys' play. In colonial times, when children were generally unsupervised when not working or at school, large 'gangs' of boys would often organise individual or group fights. Boys' playground games were also often very rough.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
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