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Family car

Family car

Joan Daly and her daughter Mary stand in front of their family car on the occasion of Mary’s first Catholic holy communion in 1972. In the background is suburban Johnsonville, Wellington. The growth of post-1950 suburbia was premised on rising family car ownership. Cars gave suburban dwellers greater freedom of movement than public transport, encouraging further low-density suburbanisation on city fringes, such as Johnsonville. By the 1970s it was not unusual for suburban family households to have more than one car – one for the breadwinner husband to commute to work, and another for his wife to go shopping and complete other daily tasks.

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David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Suburban life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23527/family-car (accessed 2 April 2020)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010