Old Telephone switchboard  Farrington House Museum, Birkenhead Heritage Society Inc. photo collection.

The long voyage: children's games on-board ship

AccessibleFamily activitiesNorth Auckland

Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 October, 1.30pm-3.30pm


Farrington House, Museum

44 Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead

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Koha (donation)


Bookings are preferred

09 418 0397



Event details

Many children endured the long trip from Britain as they immigrated to New Zealand. Travelling to New Zealand on a sailing ship would take 80 to 160 days!

From the 1890's to the 1930's, steam ships enabled significantly reduced voyage times. Travelling on a motor ship in the 1940’s to 1960’s reduced the journey to 30 to 40 days. From the 1960’s, immigrants arrived by plane.

The entertainment on board the ships was very limited compared to modern cruise ships. No tablets or ipads!

Our children’s events focus on activities children typically enjoyed during the long voyages.

Brought to you by Birkenhead Heritage Society Inc.

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