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Nelson Historical Society James Jenkins Biennial Lecture

Monday 9th November 2020

Women, declared the Nelson Evening Mail in 1936, were the best hop pickers, ‘on account of their nimbleness in handling the hops’. Most of the 3000 workers carrying out this seasonal work were women who were paid 3d per bushel. If they were good enough, they might average about a third of the average wage weekly.

Money, apparently, has no sex, yet historically it has been allocated by gender, as activist Sonja Davies highlighted in her campaign to get a wage for women at home caring for children. This lecture by Dr Barbara Brookes, MNZM, Professor Emerita, History, of the University of Otago, will examine some of the gendered assumptions about money over the twentieth century and their implications for women’s lives.

Barbara is a historian whose research, writing and teaching have contributed significantly to new perspectives on women’s history. She has explored a range of topics to do with women, work, health and caring in imaginative ways. Consistently, however, she has placed women at the centre of her research.

Her 2016 A History of New Zealand Women, won the Ockham Award for best illustrated non-fiction book.

This is a public lecture. All welcome.


November 9




Nelson & suburbs


Nelson College for Girls
400 Trafalgar St, Nelson

Assembly Hall

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$5 door charge


Ph. 027 238 1819

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