Story: Class

Stroppy servant

Stroppy servant

Although there was a clear social hierarchy in colonial cities, the fine distinctions of the old world tended to blur. For example, as this cartoon from the Observer of 1895 suggests, domestic servants were rather less submissive than was the custom in Britain.

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Reference: Observer, 18 May 1895, p. 16

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Jock Phillips, 'Class - Colonial society – the working class', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018