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The Women in the Public Service Typing Pool from 1945 til the Present Day

Four The days of a heavily staff public service are now over. Postal services in 1948.

Postal services in 1948

The long-gone PSA typing pool.

The PSA Typing Pool

The untold story of women's work

We are capturing the oral history of the untold story of women’s vital role in New Zealand’s political and administrative history.

The Public Service has for many decades relied entirely on the work of women employed in the typing pool and related jobs. This oral history records their highly skilled work, the way they adapted to changes in technology, and status of their profession since 1945.

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Did you work for a Public Service Typing Pool from 1945 until today?

We are interested to hear from typists, shorthand typists, secretaries, and modern era administrators about your experience of being in the 'typing pool'.

We want to record your story, as these are our stories.

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