In Every Home: The Australian Women’s Weekly 1933-1982 display opens today at the National Library of Australia in Canberra to celebrate the digitisation of the first 50 years of the popular Australian magazine.
There is little the magazine did not cover in its first 50 years, as this display shows – but it wasn’t just recipes and knitting patterns.
From its first issue on 8 June, 1933, the magazine told Australia’s story as only it could - and that first issue was a sell-out. Along with stories about how to make a festive rooster – you needed a large banana and walnuts for its beak – it gently challenged the traditional role of women, including a series on Careers for Women, a campaign for divorce law reform and a push for more women in politics.
Then there were the even bigger issues: whether tertiary-educated women scared off prospective husbands, as Kathleen Pitt put it in July 1933, ‘because the average young man is alarmed when he learns he is dancing with a University student’.
The first 50 years of The Australian Women’s Weekly, with the assistance of its publisher Australian Consolidated Press and the State Library of NSW, are now available online through the National Library’s free discovery service Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/
High-res images of early Weekly covers are available on the National Library’s Media Zone site at http://www.nla.gov.au/media-zone
Media Contact: Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, National Library of Australia
T: 02 6262 1704
M: 0401 226 697