Kōrero: Children’s play

Doreen Gifford with her toy pram, around 1906

Doreen Gifford with her toy pram, around 1906

Doreen Gifford plays with her doll and pram. In the 19th and early 20th century Pākehā girls were often encouraged to play quieter, more demure games, fitting the stereotype of 'ladylike' behaviour. Many colonial families could not afford to buy expensive manufactured toys. However, Doreen's father, Algernon Charles Gifford, the science master at Wellington College, was able to buy her an elaborate toy pram and dolls.

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Photograph by Algernon Charles Gifford

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Peter Clayworth, 'Children’s play - Traditional Māori and settler children’s play', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/40833/doreen-gifford-with-her-toy-pram-around-1906 (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013