Story: Culture and recreation in the city

New Brighton beach, 1910

New Brighton beach, 1910

New Brighton beach was just a tram ride away from the centre of Christchurch, so it attracted large crowds from the city on a hot summer's day. In this scene the attractions of the surf have been supplemented by a 'witches' hat' for people to ride and a stall selling fruit.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
Reference: 1/1-020110; G
Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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:

Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - Making their own fun', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010