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Calf Club Day – #190

Calf Club Day – #190

Calf Club Day was once a highlight of every school year. Most rural schools had them and Russell School was no exception.  Children would rear and train their calves to walk forward on a lead, to turn when required and to stop on command. On calf club day the animals would be groomed meticulously and presented for competition. Ribbons and cups would be awarded. The tradition continues in many rural schools but here in Russell it’s history. This photo is by Russell photographer Ian Hanlon – probably taken in the 1950s. Is there anyone out there who can put names to the faces of these girls? Russell Museum would love to hear from you if you can. Please phone 4037701, email Shelley Arlidge,  curator@russellmuseum.org.nz, or call in. We’re open every day from 10am to 4pm.