Story: Farm families

Husband and wife milking

Although farm women in the 1950s and 1960s were expected to focus on domestic duties, the shortage and costs of labour meant that many women helped out on dairy farms. In this clip a married couple work together milking their cows on a Waikato dairy farm in 1966.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Pictorial Parade No. 178. National Film Unit, 1966

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How to cite this page:

Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, 'Farm families - Women in the rural family, 1880–1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008