The iconic Australian Women’s Weekly is now available to peruse at your pleasure. The National Library has digitized early editions of the Australian Women’s Weekly from 1933 – 1982, available to search on the Trove website.

The digitized Women’s Weekly provides a great window into Australia’s social history. It contains a wealth of historical information, including (but not limited to) articles on:

– women’s rights and political issues
– Australian/world events
– prominent/well known women
– fashion
– cookery

While browsing through the issues, I came across a number of interesting articles, including:

Caroline Chisholm. Friend of Migrants
(Issue: Saturday 10 December 1949)

Christmas Cake (recipe from Australia’s millionth migrant, Mrs Barbara Porritt)
(Issue: Wednesday 21 December 1955)

Melbourne Cup Carnival –  hats and longer skirts —the 1974 fashion scene
(Issue: Wednesday 20 November 1974)

Thanks to the National Library, Australian Consolidated Press and the State Library of New South Wales for all their hard work in making this magazine available.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Yes, it’s so amazing from both a fun and a historical standpoint.I used to have a bunch of my grand moms UK womans weeklies from 1959-1965 and when they were lost it was so sad, until i found these. Do you know if teh UK version hasalso been digitzed?

    thanks chitra

    • Hi Chitra,

      It does not appear that the Woman’s Weekly (UK magazine) has been digitised. It is in fact the English Weekly’s 100th birthday in 2011! Depending on where you live you might be able to find collections of this magazine held in libraries.

      Anne

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