Story: Sexualities

Down under the plum trees

Teenagers have always wanted to find out more about sexuality, but for a long time it was difficult for them to access what they wanted to know. Down under the plum trees was published in 1972. It included information for New Zealand teenagers on a range of sexual activities and relationships – as well as issues relating to the use of alcohol and other drugs. It circulated widely among adolescents and generated debate in the media about its effects on teenage sexual behaviour.

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Alister Taylor Publishers
Reference: Felicity Tuohy and Michael Murphy, Down under the plum trees. Martinborough: A. Taylor, 1976.

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Louisa Allen, 'Sexualities - Sexualities – then and now', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/30858/down-under-the-plum-trees (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Louisa Allen, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 17 Jul 2018