Flip, Flop & Fly: Pancakes at Papatoetoe exhibition

Flip, flop and fly! - pancakes at Papatoetoe, 1966. Two women tossing pancakes during a street parade organised by the St George Street Business Association, Papatoetoe, March 1966. "All eyes are on the 'ball' during the Hawaiian Day pancake tossing race. Mrs Hayward (left) came from behind to beat Mrs Walker (right)". (South Auckland Courier, 16 March 1966, p. 26). 

Ref: Footprints 00054, South Auckland Research Centre
Flip, Flop & Fly: Pancakes at Papatoetoe features in an exhibition of photographs by the late Trevor Penman that provide a fascinating insight into life in Papatoetoe during the 1950s and 1960s.

The exhibition, organised by the Papatoetoe Historical Society, features a number of photographs from the South Auckland Research Centre collection and the Auckland Libraries Footprints database.

Flip, is open at the Youthline Manukau Community Development Centre, 145 St George Street, Papatoetoe, during the Auckland Festival of Photography, 1 - 30 June, Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm (except 4 June).

The decor in the newly restored Youthline Centre, based in the old Papatoetoe fire station, also features heritage photos from the South Auckland Research Centre collection.

Author: Bruce Ringer


  1. I love the concentrated expressions - not to mention the frilly apron.

    I am confused by the connection to a 'Hawaiian Day' event - I always thought pancakes races and tossing where linked with Shrove Tuesday http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday

    Regardless - it looks like Papatoetoe in the 1950s had its fair share of fun.

  2. Thank you for your comment. I have checked with Bruce Ringer, apparently 'Hawaiian Day' was the theme chosen for a business promotion and had no religious significance.


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