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Rugby jerseys on the washing line, Wellington, 1930s

Rugby jerseys on the washing line, Wellington, 1930s

For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries a woman's role in sport was likely to be as a supporter of her husband's or son's activities, rather than as a participant in her own right. A particularly common task was washing rugby gear.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Hall Raine Collection (PAColl-3071)
Reference: PAColl-3071-1-02
Photograph by William Hall Raine

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How to cite this page:

Greg Ryan, 'Sport and society - Ethnicity and gender in sport, 1860–1910', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39394/rugby-jerseys-on-the-washing-line-wellington-1930s (accessed 29 January 2020)

Story by Greg Ryan, published 5 Sep 2013