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Nothing’s Ever New – #111

Nothing’s Ever New – #111

Did you think the drag race was a 21st Century phenomenon in Russell- Kororareka? That it originated with the Birdman Festival? Not so! Similarly, for many Russellites and visitors the recent performances by our World-Famous-in-Russell Ukulele Orchestra were the first time they’d heard that instrument in the bar of the Duke. But no, even that is not a first. It has all been seen before, done before, heard before. Lurking in the photo collections at the museum was this gem. Taken by Ian Hanlon, probably sometime in the 1960s, this image reminds us that we are no different from those men and women who walked these same streets in those days, danced barefoot or sang along to someone strumming a song. Fun is still fun, whenever and wherever it’s found.