Story: Families: a history

1950s family

1950s family

The home-owning, two-parent family on the cover of this State Advances Corporation brochure repesents the ideal post-war family. Men mowed lawns, women wore aprons and focused on household tasks and children played in their quarter-acre section. However some women with children were in paid work, and others were sole parents. The traumatic experiences of some men in the Second World War had an impact on family members, and domestic violence occurred in homes with manicured lawns and behind clean lace curtains. Many of the challenges of family life in the 1950s only became the focus of public discussion in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Reference: Eph-A-HOUSING-1951-01

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Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Families: a history - Baby boom begins: 1945–1959', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/30213/1950s-family (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2017