An Appeal for Memories of Mothering in Australia 1920-2000

Tanya Evans with family historian Maria Linders talking about her research in the Friends Room of the State Library of New South Wales [Image courtesy Joy Lai]

Tanya Evans, Director of the Centre for Applied History at Macquarie University would like members/readers to contribute to her collaborative project on the history of motherhood in Australia from 1920-2000. Family historians are desperate to discover stories about the mothers in their family trees but they can’t find them in our history books. Using family history as her starting point, she is gathering the memories and histories of motherhood collected by ‘ordinary people’.

Tanya Evans with family historian Maria Linders talking about her research in the Friends Room of the State Library of New South Wales [Image courtesy Joy Lai]
Tanya Evans with family historian Maria Linders talking about her research in the Friends Room of the State Library of New South Wales [Image courtesy Joy Lai]

Can you help her explore how the experiences of ‘ordinary’ Australian mothers have changed over time? Do you have family histories, diaries, memoirs, family Bibles, scrapbooks, photographs, clothes, motherhood manuals, parenting advice books kept by your families that you would like to share with her and add to our collective knowledge of mothering in Australia?

If you are willing to contribute to this project by sharing copies of materials or your family’s memories of mothering in Australia, please contact Tanya via email, or mail (phone number available upon request).

Email:Tanya.evans@mq.edu.au
Mail: Department of Modern History Macquarie University Australian Hearing Hub, Level 2
North Ryde, Sydney, NSW, 2109

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