Story: Clothes

Children with bare feet, early 20th century

Children with bare feet, early 20th century

In New Zealand, children of all backgrounds have gone barefoot in public, whereas in Britain this was seen as a sign of poverty and frowned upon. The girls in this family photograph taken in Christchurch in the early 20th century look entirely comfortable unshod – this was probably normal for them. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Adam MacLay Collection
Reference: 1/1-028247-G
Photograph by Adam Henry Pearson Maclay

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Fiona McKergow, 'Clothes - Children’s clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/41147/children-with-bare-feet-early-20th-century (accessed 19 September 2019)

Story by Fiona McKergow, published 5 Sep 2013