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Reference to index of housekeeping accounts kept by a Hobart housewife with a husband and four daughters, 1939 - 1974.

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Accounts, (2010) Reference to index of housekeeping accounts kept by a Hobart housewife with a husband and four daughters, 1939 - 1974. University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The mother had attended the Zerco Business School in Hobart after leaving school and, no doubt because of her training, kept careful, detailed accounts of all minor cash payments for housekeeping expenses. These accounts were entered in octavo cash books or diaries and include details of each purchase or expense, totalled at the end of each page. Cash payments included groceries, meat, vegetables, fruit, bread, milk and also occasional minor expenses such as "shirts", "clinic", gas, cleaner, shoes, shoe repair, sweets, tram fares and later petrol, creche, nappies. There were occasional treats such as cake, pictures [movies], theatre, ices, "solo losses", tennis, and incidentals such as raffle tickets, church magazine, Sunday School magazine, chiropodist. The accounts only record small cash payments, possibly from a housekeeping allowance, and not major expenses such as house rates, rent or repairs, insurance, clothing or household furnishing, school or medical expenses. They are, however, a useful record of the cost of basic foods. - Private Deposit DX.24

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Tasmania, van diemens land, social history, history, colony, colonial, Australia, indexes, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, index,
Publisher: University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Additional Information: University of Tasmania Library, Special and Rare Materials Collection - Private Deposit DX.24
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2011 04:28
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2013 04:22
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/10872
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