Themes

Objects come alive when connected with real stories. From those stories, frequent topics and events arise that are common across many people’s lives.

Looking through the images in ‘Kiwi Chicks’ so far, there are recurrent items such as clothing, toys and dolls. These speak to broader themes that shine through, like work, play, school, and home, both in the city and on the farm.

Our Stories page is the home for sharing these histories.

But what else makes up a girl’s life? Adventures? Coming of age?

What about their inner life? Thoughts and feelings? Many girls recorded their lives in photographs, diaries, letters, and mementos.

Do you have items in your collection that speak of girlhood memories?

Have a look and help us fill in the missing stories.