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A PRACTICAL INNOVATION Girls who have just left school and don't quite know what to do with their time are often a great trial to the family. In London just a few of them are well catered for by the Monkey Club says a correspondent. The quaint name does not apply to the members, but to the three little Japanese • monkeys, " Speak no evil, See no evil, and Hear no evil." These monkeys were great favourites as china or brass mantelpiece ornaments in our mothers' younger days, but one seldom sees them now; perhaps because so few of the modern houses have decent mantelpieces 1 The club was begun about twelve years ago by Miss Marian Ellison. Girls are eligible for membership at the age of seventeen; and the aim of the club is to provide interest and education for girls of good family who have been " finished " abroad and who do not want to go to a university. The founders of the club consider that every girl, no matter what her wealth or social position, should have some specialised knowledge to help her to earn her own living should need arise. Every member must take a certain number of educational subjects, and no one is allowed in without ten weeks' probation. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. the club premises in Pont Street are a scene of great activity, as about thirty experts in all manner of subjects visit there either for private tuition or to lecture. The courses include training in such varied subjects as art, secretarial work, cookery, dressmaking, millinery, housekeeping, languages, gymnastics and sport, biology, dramatic art and literature. Membership is limited to 75 at one time.

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THE MONKEY CLUB, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXII, Issue 22208, 7 September 1935, Supplement

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THE MONKEY CLUB New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXII, Issue 22208, 7 September 1935, Supplement

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