Story: Household services

Servants’ registry office

Employment agencies that found jobs for servants were called registry offices. Mrs Hill’s Registry Office sits in a row of shops that includes a draper, grocer, hairdresser, tailor and toy shop at the bottom of Lambton Quay, Wellington. These shops were destroyed in about 1928–30 to build the Cenotaph. Government House sits in the background, where the Beehive is now.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Photograph by Frank Arnold Coxhead

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How to cite this page:

Jane Tolerton, 'Household services - The ‘servant problem’', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/21782/servants-registry-office (accessed 9 December 2019)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010