Midlothian’s 100 Objects – Dalkeith Maoris Athletic Club

Dalkeith Maoris Athletic Club badge. Photo: Dalkeith History Society/Scran
Dalkeith Maoris Athletic Club badge. Photo: Dalkeith History Society/Scran

The Dalkeith Maori Athletic Club was formed in 1925 after a number of similar clubs had proved popular amongst the town’s youth.

The aim of the organisation was to bring about a general advancement in its members.

The club can trace its origins back to the Dalkeith Working Lads’ Institute, which met in the Back Street School.

In his opening speech, for example, Councillor Dalziel noted that there would be an attempt to ‘uplift the morals’ of those joining the society, whilst Councillor Taylor noted that temperance was to be observed whilst at the club.

This decorative badge shows the letters DMAC separated by two Maori spears.

Sporting clubs had always proved popular in the rural towns of Midlothian. In regard to athletics, clubs from neighbouring towns frequently competed against each other. Whilst the primary purpose of these organisations was to take part in sport, they also attempted to instill strong moral values, such as temperance, in their members.

Photo: Dalkeith History Society/Scran

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