Treasure Chest Thursday

Prudery and prurience – resources held in the Central Auckland Research Centre


Ref: Current display in the Central Auckland Research Centre

The Research Centre has several resources regarding Truth including a microfiche copy of Rebecca Lancashire’s 1986 thesis “Prudery and prurience” which compares images of women in NZ Truth in 1935 with the “cult of domesticity”.

A second microfiche resource is the “Divorce information extracted from NZ Truth newspaper” between 1946-1966. A common reason for divorce at that time was adultery, and co-respondents are named in this record. Other reasons for divorce included desertion; living apart for seven years; or a spouse being convicted of murder.

Ref:  AWNS-19250716-52-6, "I've been married fifteen years, so I think I've well earned a divorce.", 1925, Sir George Grey Special  Collections
The collection holds three books featuring Truth – Redmer Yska’s 2010 history “The Rise and Fall of the People’s Paper”; and Lesley Verry’s 1985 “Seven Days a Week” history of Independent Newspapers Ltd.

The third book is Truth’s 1950 Cookery Book with “600 Specially Selected Prize Recipes” including those for invalids, diabetics and the health conscious.

The newspaper collection has all copies of Truth published between December 2007-2013 and local history articles in these issues have been included in Auckland Libraries digital resource Index Auckland.

Lastly, Papers Past has digitised NZ Truth from 7 July 1906-22 December 1930 and these are also available to view on Auckland Libraries digital library.

Leanne

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