Do you remember my Sepia Saturday post about
the harbour launch the AWHITU?
(Awhitu is pronounced Afeetu )
Above is a photo of a school trip on the AWHITU, before 1949.
I cannot believe how many children and adults have crowded
on board for a trip on the little launch.
No lifejackets in sight.
I wonder where they were going.
By their dress I would say maybe to town, over to Onehunga or somewhere.
They don't look dressed for a beach picnic do they.
Nowadays there would be a risk analysis done during planning for a school trip.
Each child would have a lifejacket.
There would be a specific number of students/adults to suit the size of the boat.
It may well be deemed too risky.
However, I bet they had a wonderful trip
and all obviously survived or it would have been a disaster story much told.
Are we overly protective these days?
Here is another form of school transport.
This is Mr Gus Hartner's school bus.
This bus was still in use when I was at school.
Hot and airless in the summer.
Behind is one of the six little schools that were dotted around the peninsula.
The photos are from 'Heads, Harbour and Hills'
Awhitu History Book Society Inc. 1999
We who lived on the peninsula are forever grateful to
Betsy Robinson, Rachel Hawken, Wayne Aspin and Lloyd Walker,
who gathered and edited the stories
for this wonderful record of our history.