Letter from E. Waslow Davies to [her Grandmother] Mrs Amey Daldy, October 16, 1904
MS-94-4 (Reference Number)
Regarding Mrs Davies attendance at the Conference of the National Council of Women for New South Wales. She writes of Mrs Fanshaw, wife of the Admiral, who hosted the proceedings and of Vida Goldstein, who she recognised as the best speaker at the event. Mrs Davies goes on to write of Vida Goldstein's 'spirited argument with [Miss?] Duncan, the New South Wales Inspector of Factories, over issues around women receiving equal pay for equal work and factory women taking work out of men's hands. The question of why girls were not going into domestic service was also raised, and reasons such as lack of status, freedom, and amusement had all been proposed. A copy of the Herald containing the account of the proceedings had been forwarded to Mrs Daldy by 'Irene'.
Mrs Davies also comments on the nature of the audience in attendance. Extract from the text reads: 'of course there were the usual cultured women who support most of our more liberal movements, a few on curiosity went like myself, a few fearful new women, two schoolgirls, a number of teachers come to hear Miss Hodge on German Education, three men (one for the press) in all I suppose 200.'
Finally, she shares details of her school, which she describes as a 'howling wilderness' under fierce construction due to the damage from the steady rains.
Addressed: [From: Woodstock, West Street, North Sydney To: Hepburn Street, Auckland]
- 1 folder
- 8pp on 2 leaves ; 177mm x 226mm Folded to 177mm x 114mm.
Daldy, Amey. Letters, 1902 - 1905. Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira. MS-94-4.
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