Story: Families: a history

Waiting to have children

Waiting to have children

Marion Bamford and her twins, Tim and William, enjoy reading a picture book in their home in 1991. In the late 20th century, parents tended to be older at the birth of their first child. Bamford, like many others, waited until her early 30s before she had children. Until that time her job and her outdoor interests absorbed much of her time. Once her twins were born, she cut back on paid work and other interests to have time for parenting. She and her husband Dave always knew that they wanted to have children, it was just a matter of timing.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/0617/23
Photograph by Phil Reid

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How to cite this page:

Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Families: a history - Baby bust families: mid-1970s to 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30220/waiting-to-have-children (accessed 21 November 2019)

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