Story: Unpaid domestic work

Men’s unpaid work

Men’s unpaid work

In Nevile Lodge’s 1965 cartoon a man tells his paint-pot-carrying neighbour, ‘I’m warning you Harry, I’ve got big plans for racing and bowls this weekend, so don’t let me catch you setting a good example where my wife can see you.’ Long weekends, such as Labour Weekend and Queen’s Birthday, have traditionally been a time when working men are expected to get stuck into household projects.

Cartoon courtesy of Debby Edwards

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-137-559
Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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Matt Morris, 'Unpaid domestic work - The importance of unpaid work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Matt Morris, published 11 Mar 2010