Child's swimsuit & towelling overshirt

This swimsuit and overshirt belonged to Pam Brewer. It is made by Canterbury. "Our summer holidays were spent at home as life revolved around our farm in mid Canterbury. The highlight of the summer would be the family trip to the beach. There would be much discussion and planning the few days before New Year’s Day as this was our only possible day for the trip to the beach in between the harvesting of grain and hay making on the farm. Mum would prepare a picnic. Folding chairs, picnic rug, swimsuits, towels, sunscreen and warm jackets would be packed in the boot of the car and we would set off for Akaroa or Caroline Bay. It was such a happy day. Mum wearing her sunfrock, Dad wearing a cotton shirt and long cotton trousers. He may have also pulled his trusty leather sandals out of the back of the wardrobe but most likely he’d be in wool socks and shoes! Fish and chips on the beach would be the final treat for the day, and by now we probably needed the warm jackets. Feeling quite exhausted we would have a quiet trip home with the memories of our annual day at the beach." 


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Pam Brewer
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Credit: Courtesy of Pam Brewer
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Unknown
Maker: Canterbury Swimwear
Manufacturing location: New Zealand
Garment type: Swimsuit
Material: Bri-nylon
Features: Brown trim
Colour: Orange & brown
Label: Canterbury Swimwear
Date: Circa 1970