Think of a computer keyboard without the computer attached. Noisy, heavy, and completely lacking the computer’s very handy functions of delete, copy and paste. The Archives has lots of typed files – letters – reports – minutes etc. Never assume that the people who signed a typed file actually did the typing. In fact, there used to be ‘typing pools’ populated by poorly paid (single) women. They did the typing on the files you see.

Typing pool

Women working in the typing pool for a government department around 1950. In this case they were working on the construction of the Snowy-Hydro scheme – a room in Alexandria, Sydney. NAA: A11016, 325


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