Story: Childhood

Girl doing the dishes, around 1911 (2nd of 3)

Girl doing the dishes, around 1911

Doing the dishes is a common household chore for New Zealand children in some cases, emptying and stacking the dishwasher is the 2000s equivalent to the scene shown here. Young Phyllis Godber is washing the dishes in a large metal bowl on the kitchen table around 1911. Her clothes are protected by a big bib apron.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-1393-1/2; G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Childhood - Family, school and work responsibilities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 March 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Dec 2018