Photograph [Owaka Girl Guides]; [?]; early 1930s; CT94.2057f


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Photograph [Owaka Girl Guides]

About this object

Photograph; a black and white studio portrait of the Owaka Girl Guides, early 1930s.

The girls have been identified as: (back row) Noeline Wright, Mavie Winchester, Sonia Johnston, Laura Lopdell, Nola Sheddan, Ellie Fea (leaders) Mavis Kirby, Beatrice Vial (middle row) Nessa Barr, Runa Laird, Ngaio Johnston, Peggy Allan (front row) Pam Sheddan, and Rita McLachlan.

Girl Guiding was developed in 1908, when the daughter of New Zealander Lieutenant Colonel Cossgrove asked if she and her friends could join in Scouting with the boys. In September of that year the first girls were sworn in as Girl Peace Scouts.
In 1923 the organisation was officially registered as part of The Girl Guide Association which had been set up in England in 1909 and became known as The Girl Guides Association of New Zealand.

The original photograph has been digitised. A digital image and copy print are available for research access.



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Date Made

early 1930s

Inscription and Marks

Handwritten on reverse: 'Girl Guides Owaka early 1930s / back row... / ...Noeline Wright is Mrs Livy Rae / Sonia and Ngaio Johnston Dr Henry Johnstons daughters / Laura Lopdell - headmaster James Lopdells daughter / Nola Sheddon - twin on Kathleen Sheddon, mother Maud Latta / father Bill Sheddan, Draper / Ellie Fae - Mother Ivy Latta, Father Dave Fea / Nessa Barr - now Mrs Les Rodgers. Father Bob Barr / Peggy Allan - Postmasters daughter / Pam Sheddon - sister of Nola / Rita McLachlan - mother Polly McDougall, father Johnny McLachlan / Beatrice Vial - Father Sam, mother nee Bird.'

Subject and Association Keywords

societies, club. clubs and societies for special classes

Subject and Association Keywords

the family. marriage. women, children. child development

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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