Story: Household services



By the 1960s the nuclear family ideal of the breadwinner husband and stay-at-home housewife meant few households employed domestic help. However, sometimes such help was necessary. When Warren Schrader’s wife Nan died in 1964 he employed Helen Douglas to care for his children and run the household while he worked. This shows Helen with Warren’s twins, Tom and Ben, taking their first steps in 1965. When Warren remarried in 1966 Helen found other work.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Household services - Domestic service since 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010