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Sunlight League of New Zealand



The Sunlight League of New Zealand was inaugurated in Christchurch on 14 May 1931 chiefly under the drive and instigation of Miss Cora Wilding, a pioneer physiotherapist and social activist in the causes of clean air, open-air schools and buildings and children's health camps. The principal aim of the League was to '...promote national efficiency by improving national health'. Dr Renfrew White was another firm promoter of the League and the inaugural meeting of the members' council and the technical advisory board of the League was presided over by Archbishop Julius and attended by other notable dignitaries such as Mrs John Montgomery, Mrs J.K. Archer, Dr Elspeth Fitzgerald of Oamaru, Mr C.G. McKellar, Miss M. Andrew, Drs A. Paterson and T.L. Crooke, Mrs George Rhodes, Mrs Cracroft Wilson, Hon. A.J. Stallworthy (Minister of Health), Professor J. Macmillan Brown and Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson. The inaugural meeting was held at "Fownhope", Opawa, the home of Miss Cora Wilding. The League established the first health camp, at Geraldine, and in 1932 began the sale of health stamps for the permanent funding of health camps.

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Sunlight League of New Zealand records

Identifier: Arch 0023
Scope and Contents

The records of the Sunlight League of New Zealand includes publications on smoke abatement, including the League's own publication "How to prevent smoke nuisance". Also includes manuscripts and typescripts of talks delivered by the League, correspondence and a Journal of the National Smoke Abatement Society Vol VI no. 21 May 1935.

Dates: 1932-1938