Sunday 10 April 2011

Census Day Tales from 1911: Forgetful parents?

Excerpt from Southern Star, April 8, 1911:


The filling up of the census forms took place on last Sunday, and, if one could witness the operation being individually performed it certainly would afford some amusement. Parents of children were possible we believe in many cases in difficulties as to the ages and number of their children which they had practically forgotten, and many amusing incidents must have occurred.

The bulk of the work of preparing the census fell on the police who were for a long time engaged in distributing the forms, and who will be equally long collecting them, for which they will not get as much as a vote of thanks.