Waimea Float in a Ranfurly Shield Parade, Nelson, 1954

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Waimea Float in a Ranfurly Shield Parade, Nelson, 1954.

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Photograph supplied by L. Tomlinson

This photograph was taken during a street parade to celebrate a Ranfurly Shield football match in about 1954. The photograph was taken in Nelson City near the Nelson (Evening) Mail building, which can be seen in the background. The truck is from the Waimea Transport Company, the company's initials can be seen on the door of the truck.

The float is heavily decorated, with a deer head dressed in rugby colours on the front of the truck.  A sign above the front wheel says "PUT THEM THROUGH THE MILL", and a sign on the side says "Like Waime(a)...." There are drawings stuck on the top and side of the truck. These depict people's heads. On the back of the truck are a large number of children(?). They are wearing rugby jerseys.

The top of the truck is decorated with wooden planks to resemble a windmill.

A crowd of onlookers can be seen at the left side of the photograph.

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