Story: Building trades

Sue Davidson, plumber

Sue Davidson, plumber

Wellington plumber Sue Davidson poses for the camera in March 1975. Female plumbers were rare at the time – she could well have been the only one in the country. In 1971 all of New Zealand’s 5,434 plumbers and gasfitters were men. In 2009 women plumbers were still uncommon.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1975/1066-F

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Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Trades culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010