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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has a 1cm tear with creasing around the tear. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 255x318mm.
Pages: 382
Publisher: Reed
Publication date: 2005 first edition

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Body, Mind and Spirit
By Colin Taylor

YMCA Auckland: Celebrating 150 years 1855-2005

The history of YMCA Auckland mirrors the history of New Zealand. Founded in 1855 while Auckland was just finding its feet, New Zealand's first YMCA set out to fulfil the objective of supporting young working men in following a Christian path through life. The provision of premises including a library in late 1856 provided the base from which that work could begin.

In 2005, the YMCA is a very different organisation. While the goal of stimulating the development of body, mind and spirit among its members has not changed, the society in which the organisation now operates demands different facilities, a largely secular mission, and accessibility to all ages, genders and creeds.

Body, Mind and Spirit tells the story of the YMCA's 150 years in Auckland in a readable way, picking liberally from the archives of photographs and memorabilia accumulated throughout the years. Tracing the history back to the origins of the YMCA itself in 1840s London, Colin Taylor assembles a complete chronicle of the organisation, with considerable attention to the social and economic forces at play over various periods.

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