As our low wartime birthrate soared
after World War II the hasty building
of school and hospitals ensued.
The government wanted this birth
rate well educated, granted
bursaries for university fees and
books in an economy full of
part time and summer time jobs
for sons and daughters.
Not all parents wanted their
daughters educated past school.
A working class daughter with
excellent grades through to
seventeen was sent to full time
work. University evening
lectures gave way to pregnancy
and early motherhood at home.
The farmer’s daughter achieving
so well at a state city boarding
school was sent to work in a
local town bank, then married
within that community.
The brilliant daughter of British
immigrants was allowed to accept
a higher teacher student bursary
after school staff rigorously
persuaded her puzzled parents.
The Chinese greengrocer’s daughter
impressed teachers and classmates
with her brilliant achievements, yet
by nineteen she was married with
child housekeeping at home, staying
within family and culture confines.
Though university students were all
self supporting while studying, they
brought in no income, mingled in city life.
Some parents kept them within home bounds.