Australian Women’s Weekly archive

CoverEarly editions of the nation’s favourite magazine, The Australian Women’s Weekly, are now available online.

Issues of the iconic magazine from the first publication on 10 June 1933 to when it changed to a monthly on 15 December 1982, are online for everyone to read now and into the future.  The project was undertaken with the assistance of the State Library of NSW in conjunction with the magazine’s publisher, ACP Magazines.

Glenn Coster
Information & Learning

Maori women and the vote

PhotoThe Ministry of Women’s Affairs has a resource on Suffrage 2010, and it features information on  Māori Women and the Vote, honouring the active role of  Māori women suffragists:

Māori women were very active in the struggle for the right to vote in both the national parliament and the Māori parliament, Te Kotahitanga, but their story is not well known. To mark Suffrage Day 2010 the Ministry is publishing a web resource on the role of women like Meri Mangakāhia of Te Rarawa, who were prominent in the struggle. The resource is based on information from Māori women and the vote, by Tania Rei (now Tania Rangiheuea), published by Huia in 1993. The assistance of Tania Rangiheuea and Robyn Bargh of Huia Publishers, is gratefully acknowledged.

There is some information on Meri on our page on the Kate Sheppard Memorial as she is one of the women honoured there.

Nāku noa
Donna Robertson
Digitial Library Services

Art dealers and garage sale scavengers rejoice!

Artist M.O. Stoddart
A successful New Zealand artist, Miss M.O. Stoddart

If you’ve ever wondered about the painting you bought on a whim for a few dollars from the local school fair a new 4 volume art reference work might have the answer, as long as the painting has a signature.

The Society of Women Artists Exhibitors 1855-1996 is an important addition to the Central Library’s art collection and provides further fodder for researching minor artists who would otherwise remain elusive, even from the long reach of the Internet.

Published under the editorship of the indefatigable Charles Baile de Laperriere this welcome purchase adds to the other two reference works from the Hilmarton Manor Press reviewed in last November’s issue.

 The Society of Women Artists, first founded in London in 1855 as the Society of Female Artists, was intended to give women the chance to display and sell their art at a time when it was unthinkable for a woman to have a career.  The excellent history of the Society at the beginning of Volume 1 describes the strong support it received from women eager to receive recognition for their artistic talents.

Artists such as Dame Laura Knight achieved great success.  Others, though proficient, remained relatively anonymous and have probably been saved from obscurity by this work.  What’s fairly certain, however, is that much of the work they produced is still in existence, gracing spaces and walls both private and public, lying neglected in attics or turning up in salerooms and at garage sales.  And it’s entirely possible that some found their way to New Zealand among the belongings of new settlers.

Artists’ entries are listed in dictionary fashion.  Each entry has surname and married names (cross-indexed), Christian names, style, discipline (painter, engraver etc), addess(es), years exhibiting, catalogue numbers and titles of work as they appeared in the official catalogue, medium and price.

Like its stable mates reviewed in the November issue, the new reference work with its personal details of exhibitors is also a valuable genealogical tool.

Gillian Roncelli
Info Centre