Babies on parade 1909

Mothers and babies gathered outside St. Helen's Hospital, Sydenham
Mothers and babies gathered outside St. Helen's Hospital, Sydenham

And you thought we were in the midst of a baby boom! This is my new favourite historical photo from our collection – the drama of the mums’ hats, the ultra froufrou baby bonnets. Imagine what it was like being the photographer – must have been quite something to see (and hear, and smell).

And if your family has lived in Christchurch a while, the chance of one of your ancestors being in the photo must be quite high.

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