New Zealand men have set up many exclusively male organisations, from sporting clubs to volunteer fire brigades. As in this example from 1906, many of these groups adopted distinctive uniforms. While fire brigades had an important function at a time when fire was always a danger and there were no professional fire brigades, socialising was an important by-product for the men.
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