Happy Mother's Day, New Zealand

Happy Mothers Day, here in New Zealand!
In honour of mums everywhere - and not just the human ones! - here is a selection of photos from Auckland Libraries Heritage Images.


From the early 1900s, this shows a group of pupils from central Auckland's Beresford Street Public School with their dolls (their babies!) The children were taking part in the school concert at the Auckland Opera House.


 'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19001109-8-2'



"Mothercraft" (later changed to 'parenting') classes were offered by the Plunket Society, as the 1935 photograph below shows. Skills were often taught to girls at high schools, and later the classes extended to the new fathers. They were a feature of Plunket's Karitane Hospitals, set up to care for new mothers, and  those babies needing extra help to thrive. 

'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries AWNS-19350807-41-4 ' 


Different styles of carrying your baby. This photo from 1911 contrasts the 'old' and the 'new' style with Maori mothers.
'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19110413-14-3


The description of this photograph doesn't say that these three children are actually those of the named Mrs Johnston, but if they are, her cute son looks a bit of a hard case! From 1911.
'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-64695'


And finally, some animal world, mumsy cuteness!

'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries AWNS-19351030-57-1

 'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19320504-44-4

Joanne,
Central Research.

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