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Women in the public service: Second World War (2nd of 3)

Women in the public service: Second World War

Anthea Abercrombie, a technician at the Dominion Physical Laboratory in Gracefield, Lower Hutt, measures screw gauges in the meterology room in this 1943 photo. The number of women public servants increased sharply during the Second World War, and continued to increase for some years afterwards, to cope with a rising population and heavy demand for public services.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War Effort Collection
Reference: 1/4-000431-F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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Richard Shaw, 'Public service - Reform, 1912 to 1962', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Richard Shaw, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Mar 2021