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105 Years Ago: New Plymouth’s East End Annual Picnic

105 years ago today, New Plymouth’s East End Annual Picnic took place. The seaside games and festivities – including swimming, canoeing, a lolly scramble, greasy pole battles, sticky bun contests, and a tape chewing competition – were recorded by New Plymouth filmmakers Garnett H. Saunders and Brandon Haughton. The film was played to a full house at the local cinema one week later.


Scenes at the East End Annual Picnic, New Plymouth (Garnett H. Saunders and Brandon Haughton, 25 January, 1912)

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