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New Zealand's First Refugees: Pahiatua's Polish Children

Boot shop

Boot shop

The five learners employed in the boot shop are boys in their early teens and they are learning a trade, which will enable them to take their place later in any community. After examining the work done, the committee was of the opinion that this was probably the most economical activity in the camp. The instructor spoke very highly of the boys and their interest in the work. In addition to the ordinary repair work involving approximately 90 pairs of footwear per week, boots and shoes with irreparable soles but good uppers are completely resoled to the smaller size and reissued. These boys also assist in the clothing store and in unloading of coal several hours per week.