I couldn't resist bringing out just one more thing from the box that time forgot.
I PROMISE I'll put it away after this!
Back then, it was compulsory for every girl in Queensland State Schools to do a Mothercraft course in Grade 9, taught by a visiting Maternal and Child Health Nurse.
Apparently it then became optional in the 1980's, and I hang my head in shame as an ex State Health Records Clerk, that I can't find the year they finally ceased the classes in our schools :-(
Actually Year 9 really sucked when you think of it.
There was Mothercraft Class, with the boys stirring and jeering that they didn't have to do it, (Gentleman classes would not have gone astray for some). I think we all got the Rubella jab, the TB Heaf? immunity test, which was a stamp type skin test, and then another jab for those who had no reaction to the test. Then there were all the other teenage drama queen stuff, that came with leaving 13 and turning 14.
With my best 1970's "Groovy" writing and my enviable artistic talent (surprising why I'm not a paid Artist now hey rofl), I happily illustrated the pages. I remember my secret weapon of choice for the cutouts was Family Circle Magazine.
And if you can read this, here's some of the things we were taught not to do in the 1970's lol.
The one thing that did become my gospel though, was routine - while our's was a bit easy going, routine saved my sanity when I had 3 children under 5 years of age. Thank you mothercraft.
Interestingly the whole procedure hadn't changed much since this newspaper article, from the Courier Mail, 11th December 1942 HERE
They were obviously a bit more driven then us, but then we had so many more distractions like TV, our own Stereo and Radio Cassette players in our rooms, and we never missed an episode of Sounds Unlimited with Donny Sutherland - Kill me now I'm sooooo old!
The State Government did take over administrating Mothercraft Classes in 1946 in Brisbane and Ipswich schools but it was close to another 20 years until they started offering classes to country schools.
I did pass with flying colours with an E, that must mean I'm an excellent Mother - right??
If you're interested in reading a little more about the early history of the Mothercraft Association in Queensland there's a link HERE
Maybe they should bring them back!
Thanks for visiting - Jen.