Deaf Picnics

Everyone loves a good picnic….especially if you’re Deaf and the picnic is organised by your local Deaf Club! Over the years Deaf Club picnics have become a traditional event reaching back to the 1950s. They are a chance for the community to get together in the fresh outdoors, get too much sun, and see if the married or single teams win the tug-o-war! And yes, if you win the sprint you still get a little brown envelope and a line in Deaf history forever.

  1. 1977
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    Canterbury Annual Deaf Picnic 1977

    Members of the Canterbury Deaf community make for a picnic on a lovely day, with tug-o-war and running races.

  2. 1969
    Donated by Janice and Gary Howard Image of Janice and Gary Howard

    Annual Auckland Picnic at Orewa, 1969

    Members of the Auckland Deaf Society and friends attend the annual picnic at Orewa Beach in March 1969.

  3. 1951
    Donated by Owen Gibbons Image of Owen Gibbons

    Picnic at Duders Beach

    Auckland Deaf community hold their annual picnic at Duders Beach, 1951.

  4. 1955
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Sports Convention picnic at Motukarara, 1955

    During the 1955 Sports Convention hosted in Christchurch, a picnic is held at Motukarara, by Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury.

  5. 1956
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Sports Convention: Trip to Motuihe Domain

    During the Sports Convention, Deaf people travel to Motuihe Domain, on Motuihe Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, for a picnic.

  6. 1952
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Annual Picnic at Orewa Beach 1952

    Auckland Deaf Adult Society’s annual picnic takes place north of Orewa beach.

  7. 1979
    Donated by Dennis Tod Image of Dennis Tod

    Christchurch Deaf Club picnic at Diamond Harbour 1979

    The Christchurch Deaf Club members have a picnic at Diamond Harbour, with traditional sports and activities.

  8. 1960s
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Auckland Deaf Picnic at Orewa Beach

    Deaf people get together at John and Verna McRae’s place before heading to Orewa, Auckland for the Annual ADS Picnic.

  9. 1952
    Donated by Auckland Deaf Society Image of Auckland Deaf Society

    Deaf Day Trip to Orewa

    During the first Deaf sports convention in Auckland 1952, a group of Deaf take a day trip to Orewa.

  10. 1955
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Picnic at Waihora Park Domain

    Deaf people go to Waihora Park Domain, in Motukarara for a day out, with sports!

  11. 1958
    Donated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Image of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

    Deaf Societies Sports Convention, Wellington 1958

    Deaf Aucklanders make their way down to Wellington in a van for the Labour Weekend sports. Stopping on the way, they prepare for a day of sports and socialising.

  12. 1977
    Donated by Sue Penman Image of Sue Penman

    ‘Deaf boys’ picnic at Spencer Park

    Christchurch Deaf Club Basketball ‘Deaf Boys’ Picnic at Spencer Park, Sunday 13th March 1977.