Story: Class

Occupations: Audrey Gale, lawyer (5th of 5)

Occupations: Audrey Gale, lawyer

Audrey Ngaere Gale, shown here in a 1939 photograph, was one of the few female lawyers at that time. The law was one of the highest professions, comparatively well paid and with considerable prestige. The job required educational qualifications and Gale, who had been born in New Plymouth, was often the only woman in the law lectures at Canterbury College where she earned her degree. Later Gale became a New Plymouth city councillor and made a substantial contribution to the city both in the establishment of recreational reserves and the preservation of historical sites.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Audrey Gale Family Collection
Reference: PA12-2295
Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Class - A middle-class society? – material differences, 1890 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2024)

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