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Photograph - Lunch during Excursion to Corner Inlet, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, 1950 Image Reg. No: MM 123931

Summary:
Black and white image of of three males and one female on beach preparing lunch. This image was taken by Dermot Casey during an excursion to Corner Inlet as part of the Museum's expedition to Wilson's Promontory in 1950.

Hope Macpherson was the first female curator at National Museum of Victoria (now Museum Victoria). Hope Macpherson along with Isobel Bennett, Susan Ingham and Mary Gillham were the first women to visit the Antarctic in their Dec 1959 expedition..
Description:
Black and white image.
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.
Description Of Content:
Three males and one female on beach preparing lunch, there are low dunes behind them. Left to right Charles Brazenor, Hope Macpherson, Ruben Paton, kneeling Warren Hiscock.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Hope Black (nee Macpherson), 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 148 mm (Width), 100 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: museum history, education, cleft island
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Working Life
Tertiary Classification: staff
Inscriptions: Hand written on back in black ink, except when shown otherwise:
Summer 1950 (blue ink)
Museum excursion
meal on beach Corner Inlet
left to right
Charles Brazenor
Hope Macpherson
Ruben Paton
kneeling Warren Hiscock
Photographer: Dermott Casey (blue ink)
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Person Depicted: Miss Hope Macpherson - National Museum of Victoria, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia, 1950
Photographer: Mr Charles Brazenor - National Museum of Victoria, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia, 1950

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