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‘The maid of all work’

‘The maid of all work’

Marketers targeted women in their push for households to install electricity and buy electrical appliances. For heating water, lighting, heating, ironing, cleaning and washing – electricity was ‘the maid of all work’.

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Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Gasfitters and electricians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010