Soroptimists, an international service club for women, established branches in New Zealand from 1939. Like similar men's service clubs, Soroptimists allowed only a certain number of members for each type of occupation. The pictured officers of the Wellington club, the first to be formed, have an interesting range of occupations. In the front row, from left, J. Salt is a furrier, W. Suckling is an optician, K. Moore is a life-assurance clerk, T. R. Smith is a university lecturer and C. Hooper is a dental-clinic matron. In the back row, from left, E. Mainwaring is a handicraft-shop proprietor, E. Castle is an apartment-house owner, E. Butler is a secretary to architects, E. Black is a florist and J. Yaldwyn is a private school teacher.
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