Topic: Humpty Dumpty (Memorial Park, Tauranga)
In 1959 Onna Joustra designed a playground for Memorial Park that was submitted to a Borough Council competition by the Tauranga Jaycees. The playground includes a statue of Humpty Dumpty, a favourite nursery rhyme. The children's playground officially opened on 19 December 1959.
Humpty Dumpty is a family favourite and many of those that live in Tauranga will have fond memories of this endearing character. He hasn't been beloved by all though; Humpty was subject to attacks by vandals in 1988 and 1994.
The aim of this page is to collect images of Humpty thoroughout the years since he was created in 1959. If you have images that fill in year gaps and are willing to share them online please contact Debbie M in Research Collections at Tauranga City Library.
Humpty Dumpty in 1963. Photograph: Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 08-002.
Humpty Dumpty in 1968. Photograph: Gale Collection, Tauranga Heritage Collection.
Humpty Dumpty with the Anderton children in c1969. Photo: Carol Anderton.
Humpty Dumpty with the Anderton children in c1999. Photo: Carol Anderton.
Humpty Dumpty being refurbished (2016). Photograph: Margaret Harper.
Humpty Dumpty ready for repainting (2016). Photograph: Margaret Harper.