Thursday, 20 September 2007

Bodgies - Mazengarb Report - Today in NZ History

Bodgie Day
Today, the 20th September is the anniversary of the publication of the famous New Zealand Mazengarb report on juvenile 'moral delinquency' of 1954.

I discovered this when, to my absolute pleasure I revisited the NZ History site - the sister online project to Te Ara and the History Group of the NZ Ministry of Culture and Heritage

It has had a makeover since the last time I visited. My apologies if this happened months ago - but it was news to me - a brand new design and any amount of content that I had hitherto either forgotten about, or more likely, had been lost to view inside the old site.

Whatever the outcome, and however, Johnny come lately this correspondent might be, I wanted to acknowledge it, and tell people to get themselves over there.

The Mazengarb Report
Then, even better I discover that this is the anniversary of Mazengarb Report - with its totally over the top declamations on how modern youth were going to hell in a hand basket, that the girls were the worst of the lot, or as the site has it, the report : 'blamed the perceived promiscuity on the absence from home of working mothers, the availability of contraceptives and young women who entice men into having sex'


Brilliant stuff, especially as I discover that the report is on Gutenberg and that NZ History have a page of supporting image and sound material on Children and Adolescents, 1930-1960, including bodgies, et al.

See the NZ History site for the main entry ,
NZ History also offer these external links.

Finally, I looked up one of the secondary sources, Arthur Edward Manning, The Bodgie, a study in abnormal psychology, on WorldCat. Hooray! It works - shows me the holdings from 21 of the New Zealand Libraries which stock it.
Must try this trick again!


Anonymous said...

Hi Paul

Thanks for the plug for - we did the redesign back in February when we took over the site (now part of

Just on the Mazengarb report, you might also be interested in some of the sound files we have in the Media Gallery for that topic:

including and interview with the veritable Bob Jones talking about sex in the 1950s

Jamie Mackay
Web Editor

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