Story: City children and youth

Street play (1st of 3)

Street play

Before motorised traffic made streets unsafe, children used them as playgrounds. In this 1906 image of Whanganui’s Bell Street, boys kick a rugby ball, watched by two lines of girls.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
Reference: 1/1-017498; G
Photograph by Frank J. Denton

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'City children and youth - City, suburbs and recreation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010