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Title : Children on play equipment Children on play equipment
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Source : B 62076
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Children using play equipment in the garden of a kindergarten, August 1938. A ladder, set of steps, slide, sand pit and cubby house provide all the delights necessary for young preschoolers. The sawhorses in the foreground are probably intended for the children to 'ride' on as mock horses. The scene reflects both the rush to get to the top to slide down and the more reflective but equally intense play in the sandpit (at left).

Free kindergartens for the poorer families of Adelaide were established in 1905 with the formation of the Kindergarten Union of South Australia. The first kindergarten was opened in February the following year in Franklin Street, Adelaide.
Coverage year : 1938
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Carmichael, John. For South Australia's children: a history of the Kindergarten Union of South Australia 1905-1985, Magill, SA: Jean Denton Memorial and Lillian de Lissa Scholarships Committee, 2002

Dow, Gwyn and June Factor (eds.) Australian childhood: an anthology, South Yarra, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1991

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

Grealy, John R. Playgrounds - the Australian way, [Oaklands Park, S. Aust.]: John R. Grealy and Associates, 2004

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