On this day in 1967 the provision of free milk in schools ended.
It had been introduced in 1937 as part of the Labour government’s plan to boost the health of children.
By the time it finished it was costing the government about 840,000 pounds a year.
At Oamaru South School the milk was delivered to the gate where it sat in all weathers until the milk monitors – some of the bigger standard four boys – brought it in and delivered it to each classroom.
In winter it was freezing, in summer it was warm.
This was long before the days of homogenised or skim milk and each half pint bottle was topped with a large glob of cream.
In all seasons it was awful and the end of the daily torture by milk was celebrated by my generation of school children.