Story: Women’s networks and clubs

Wellington Indian women's group

Wellington Indian women's group

These women were dressed in contemporary Indian garments for a fashion parade organised by Mahila Samaj, the women's group of the Wellington Indian Association, in 1972. Before the Second World War, New Zealand's Indian community consisted mainly of men and boys. The rise of women's organisations after the war was a reflection of the growing number of women who had arrived as brides. Mahila Samaj was formed in 1970.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Women’s networks and clubs - Identity-based organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2018