Story: Gay men’s lives

At the seaside

At the seaside

A group of young men pose at Lyall Bay in Wellington around 1910. The two men with their arms around each other may have been a couple. The significance of the New Zealand flag is unknown, but perhaps it was an expression of their identity as New Zealanders.  

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

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How to cite this page:

Chris Brickell, 'Gay men’s lives - History', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2021)

Story by Chris Brickell, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 May 2018