Maypole Dance

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Maypole Dance.

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This photo, dated c.1934, shows some district maids of the time lined up for their photo before doing their maypole dance.  You can see some of the ribbons coming down from the maypole. The location is the grounds of the big house in Mathers Road owned by Mr & Mrs Digby Neave.

Date: 1934.

Entry in the 2016 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Malcolm Smith.

The Digby Neaves were in the nature of patrons of St Martins church which at that time was part of a parish along with St Mary's Halswell.   They opened their grounds once a year, squire-like, for a parish garden party.   The garden party included sack races, three-legged races and egg and spoon contests.  As far as I can remember the maypole dance was a one-off, though.  Many of the parents of the girls made great effort and some sacrifice to dress their daughters for this event as it was held during the Great Depression of the early thirties.

According to the Christchurch telephone directory of the time, the Digby Neaves lived at 35 Mathers Road.

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