Story: Holidays

A flying-boat stewardess

This 1946 newsreel showed the duties expected of a stewardess on the flying boats that linked New Zealand and Australia. During the 10-hour trip she had to prepare and serve meals, provide flight progress updates and look after all the passengers, including babies and children. The inflight service, compared with that of the 2000s, seems lavish.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 268. National Film Unit, 1946.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Holidays - Overseas holidays', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/40758/a-flying-boat-stewardess (accessed 13 November 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013