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Telegram - Hope Macpherson to Her Family, Home New Year's Day, Macquarie Island, Dec 1959 Document Reg. No: HT 30671

Summary:
International telegram from Hope Macpherson while on Macquarie Island in December 1959 advising family she would be home on New Year's Day.

Hope Macpherson was the first female curator at National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victoria). Hope along with Isobel Bennett, Susan Ingham and Mary Gillham were the first women to visit the Antarctic in their December 1959 expedition.
Description:
Red printed form from The Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia), headed International Telegram for use in conveying messages. Number R 124.
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: 193 mm (Width), 202 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: museum history, education
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Hope Black nee Macpherson, Curator of Molluscs (1919 - ), Antarctica Collection
Primary Classification: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Working Life
Tertiary Classification: staff
Inscriptions: Message in black type produced on white strips pasted on to form.
Stamped in purple ink "Received 29 Dec 1959 A.N.A.R.E."
Stamped in black ink on back - ANTARCTIC RUS/ANTARCTIC DIVISION DEPT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS 187 COLLINS ST MELBOURNE
A/H M/F AFTER 5,6P ALL SAT/SUN/HOL DETAIN
Stamped in blue ink on back - 59 DC 27 15 33
Sender: Miss Hope Macpherson - National Museum of Victoria, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, Australia, Dec 1959
Addressed To: Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia, Dec 1959

Sent to the Macpherson Family

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