Uniform Overcoat [Auckland Tram Conductor]
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The overcoat is black, woollen,with a collar and lapel. Lapels both have button holes on the tips with a silver metal crown button underneath each. It is double breasted with three sets of two silver metal buttons down centre with corresponding button holes. The silver buttons all feature the queens crown. There is a pocket with flap closure on each hip and a sewn in belt that closes at back to cinch in waist with a button on each side. Split at centre bottom of back of coat. Makers tag no longer present. Black silk lining.
This coat belonged to Phyllis Harwood who joined the Auckland Transport Board in 1947. Phyllis became a tram conductress despite her parents’ wishes as it was the only job that offered equal pay between the sexes. Conductresses took tram duties in their stride, guiding trolley poles through junctions from the back bumpers of moving trams, caught up with trams after changing points and handled intoxicated six o’clock drinkers in the days of six o’clock closing.
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