Blue swimsuit with ruching

This swimsuit belonged to Hilaire Field. "As we lived on a farm in Central Otago, going to the beach for our annual holidays was very special and so enjoyed. We always went to Brighton Beach, just out of Dunedin. We got up to all the normal kids stuff, rowing on the river leading to the sea. There were no life jackets and none of us could swim as being from the country we had no access to suitable swimming water. No parental supervision for the three or four of us in the row boats but no one drowned! We’d also prise paua with pocket knives off the rocks ankle deep in water. No diving for them back then."


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Hilaire Field
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Unknown
Maker: Canterbury Swimwear
Manufacturing location: New Zealand
Garment type: Swimsuit
Material: Cotton
Colour: Blue
Label: Canterbury Swimwear
Date: 1962