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Letter - Ned to Jessie Macpherson, Family News, Berrigan, New South Wales, 20 Aug 1969 Document Reg. No: HT 30156

Summary:
Letter from Ned to Jessie Macpherson bringing her up to date with information on his own health and news of his family.
Description:
Four page handwritten letter in blue ink on two pages of lined stationery.
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: 200 mm (Width), 250 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, Australia, 20 Aug 1969
Sender: Berrigan, Southern Riverina, New South Wales, Australia, 20 Aug 1969

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