Auckland Libraries: Rugby league in inter-war New Zealand

Rugby league in inter-war New Zealand

Wednesday 7 March 12pm to 1pm Free

A democratic game - a HeritageTalk with Ryan Bodman.

France v Wellington, Basin Reserve, August 1951, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, ref: 114/333/06-F

​France v Wellington, Basin Reserve, August 1951, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, ref: 114/333/06-F

In New Zealand, as elsewhere, rugby league faced sustained hostility from rugby union administrators and their allies. Forced to the margins of society, league developed close associations with numerous marginalised communities, as working-class New Zealanders, Kiingitanga Māori and Irish Catholics embraced the code as an expression of community identity, cultural pride and collective defiance against rugby’s ongoing antagonism.
 
This talk explores this aspect of league’s social and cultural history in the context of inter-war New Zealand.
Are you interested in family and local history? Or about the history of New Zealand? Then come along to one of our fortnightly HeritageTalks. Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories.

HeritageTalks take place at Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library, unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended.

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France v Wellington, Basin Reserve, August 1951, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, ref: 114/333/06-F

​France v Wellington, Basin Reserve, August 1951, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, ref: 114/333/06-F

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