Story: Sewing, knitting and textile crafts

Knitting in the ladies' gallery at Parliament, 1880 (1st of 3)

Knitting in the ladies' gallery at Parliament, 1880

Knitting is a portable craft and can be done almost anywhere if the hands are not needed for another purpose. Women have knitted in the debating chamber of Parliament since the 19th century. The women shown here, listening to the debate, are probably wives and relatives of members of Parliament, along with a 'lady newspaper reporter' or two.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-C-16700-F

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Sewing, knitting and textile crafts - Home textile crafts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40518/knitting-in-the-ladies-gallery-at-parliament-1880 (accessed 31 March 2017)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013