Manawatu Deaf Society

SignDNA is grateful to the Manawatu Deaf Society who have donated a large collection of films, recorded and edited by Joan Bailey, its founder. As Joan said in the 1963 New Zealand Deaf News (Vol. 1, No. 1), “A large number of cities have Deaf Clubs, so it is within reason that smaller towns have got the bug, and decided they also need a club for the deaf”.

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  1. 1973
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    Manawatu Deaf Club trip to Mount Ruapehu

    Members of the Manawatu Deaf Club and their children take a bus trip to Mt Ruapehu, September 1973 for a fun day.

  2. 1976
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    Understand the Silence: A Silent Documentary about the Silent World of Deafness

    This documentary was filmed and edited by Joan Bailey and released in 1976. It covers the preparation and running of the St Dominics Gala Day, as well as Manawatu Deaf Club picnics, and the Manawatu Womens Group.

  3. 1976
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976

    Footage from the sports, meeting, and socialising at the 21st NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976.

  4. 1981
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention Palmerston North 1981

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention hosted by Manawatu Deaf Club in Palmerston North, 1981.

  5. 1976
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1976

    The Christchurch team travel to Palmerston North for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention on Labour Weekend, 1976.

  6. 1981
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Palmerston North 1981

    Interesting footage of the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in Palmerston North, 1981, filmed by Sue Penman.

  7. 1992
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    Manawatu Deaf Society celebrates its 30th anniversary!

    The Manawatu Deaf Society clubroom at Totara Road is jam-packed as the club celebrates its 30th anniversary!

  8. 1999
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    Manawatu Deaf Society’s netball team talk about logistics...

    Members of the Manawatu Deaf Society’s netball team discuss the running of the team including fundraising and other logistics. This video is a good example of the natural language used during meetings in 1999 and is presented here unedited for this purpose.

  9. 1981
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    Joan Bailey films Deaf performing at the Palmerston North Telethon!

    Local Manawatu Deaf people appear on Telethon to sign a song, after Joan Bailey films a range of Deaf people at their workplaces - a welder, spraypainter, seamstress, data entry clerk and joiner.