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Letter - WHP McKenzie to Mrs Macpherson, Enquires & News, 24 May 1938 Document Reg. No: HT 30155

Summary:
Letter from WHP McKenzie in Wellington, New Zealand to Mrs Macpherson, mother of Hope Macpherson, enquiring after the family, dated 24 May 1938.
Description:
One sheet off white writing stationery handwritten in black ink on both sides.
Statement Of Significance:
The Hope (Macpherson) Black Collection is a significant addition to Museum Victoria's working lives collection, it reveals the journey of a woman from depression era Melbourne and illustrates the power of education. It also reveals the often discriminatory policies in place in Victoria before the equal opportunity developments of the late 20th century. In balance though it also exposes the somewhat free expression possible for empowered women in this period. Hope Macpherson clearly states that in her day to day work she never felt discrimination and believes she was given great opportunity to pursue her career and aspirations. However, on analysis her role was often shaped by her gender and its perceived strengths and weaknesses; she was dissuaded from applying to become a taxidermist as it was 'an unsuitable job for a woman', although part of the first group of female scientists allowed to travel to Macquarie Island they were not permitted to camp on land with the male crew for fear of inciting passions. And finally after a distinguished career she was forced to resign her tenure as Australia's first female Curator when she married late in life, as a consequence of the Marriage bar.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Hope Black (nee Macpherson), 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 113 mm (Width), 175 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: museum history, education
Themes this item is part of: Hope Black nee Macpherson, Curator of Molluscs (1919 - ), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Working Life
Tertiary Classification: staff
Addressed To: Jessie Macpherson, Victoria, Australia, 24 May 1938
Place & Date Sent: Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, 24 May 1938

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