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Dental Nurse fashion, 1940s

“The 1940’s: See the enormous washable pull-on half sleeves. These were usually starched flat so that you had to fight your way in to them as you dashed up-stairs in the mornings.”


Title: Envelope "Fashion through the Ages." Contains photos of Dental Nurse uniforms from the 1920's to 1980's; Scripts; uniform buttons

Archives New Zealand reference: ABKI 520 W4078 Box 1 / 1b


The first recruits for the School Dental Service began their training in 1921. These soon-to-be Dental Nurses would became part of a program that saw generations of children receive free dental healthcare at school.


A 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee reunion was held for school dental nurses, 10 - 13 May 1971. Material held at Archives New Zealand was possibly part of a jubilee function, "Looking at Ourselves", held on Wednesday 12 May 1971. This photograph is from an envelope titled "Fashion through the Ages", which includes a speech for the function and text describing each uniform style.


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Material from Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga


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