Monday, December 02, 2019

Sepia Saturday 498

Sepia Saturday this week is about women working in factory conditions. 

During the war one of my aunts worked in the munitions factory in Adelaide. Most of the younger men were away at war, so many women stepped in to do the jobs that men would have normally been employed to do.

My photos this week are celebrating the women who worked perhaps as part of the family business, or to support their families, to support themselves as independent women or because they were passionate about their careers.

Working on the family farm, to provide milk for the household.

A school nurse dealing out medicine - perhaps cod liver oil?

My great -aunt Laura in her first teaching position (above) and later as a senior teacher, much admired by her teenage students.

Women working in clothing manufacture businesses.

circa 1910?

circa 1920-30?

circa 1950?

I'm just guessing dates, judging by clothes and hairstyles.

Liz Needle  -  linking with "Sepia Saturday 498"


  1. ...I love these looks back!

  2. Well done finding all those photos relating to women at work, and relating them to your own family's experience.

  3. A terrific medley of images. I like your great-aunt's class photos as they are similar to American and British school photos from the same period, but with subtle differences. I've often wondered how women in the early 20th century who had limited work experience managed to learn machinery operation while in a noisy factory environment. They needed good training to avoid accidents.

  4. A first class take on this week's Prompt in featuring women workers. My favourites, too, were the ones of your great aunt Laura’s classes. I was also struck by the crowded working conditions for many workers. Fascinating photographs.

  5. Wonderful photos of an earlier era!