Photograph of Note Office staff c1935; c1935


Photograph of Note Office staff c1935

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One of key roles of the Reserve Bank, since it commenced operations in 1934 (and still is today), is the distribution of currency to NZ banks.
In the early days the process involved large numbers of staff counting and sorting banknotes and coins, removing damaged notes, and checking for counterfeits.
In the early days the Note Office was primarily staffed by single women.
Before the Second World War, a woman’s employment with the Bank ended upon her marriage. But with the outbreak of war, the shortage of male workers and an increased workload through the administration of war bonds meant that the rules around the employment of married women were relaxed.

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