Story: Household services

‘New Zealand wants domestic servants’

‘New Zealand wants domestic servants’

This poster was issued by the High Commissioner for New Zealand in London, about 1912. It paints a prettier picture of life as a domestic servant than most young women found when they arrived in the dominion. New Zealand employers were desperate for servants, and women’s groups petitioned Parliament to offer them subsidised fares.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Household services - The ‘servant problem’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010