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301, WF/008/H07
Westfield Collection

Speaker: Hulbert, Ethel, 1887 - , Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: Hyde, C., Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Mentions being born in 1887 as an army officer's daughter at the Royal Victoria Barracks in Belfast, one of eight children. Recalls going to Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1908-1909 from Chatham Barracks with her soldier husband. Describes her view of the Dutch and native Africans and daily life in South Africa as an army wife . Describes cooking, buying clothes and army quarters. Talks about snakes and snake pits. Describes watching thunder and lightening storms. Continues by recalling move to China from South Africa in 1910. Stationed in Peking (Beijing), Shanghai and other unnamed locations. Gives her view of the people and describes shops and army quarters. Talks about the funeral she witnessed of a Chinese prince, seeing the Great Wall of China, and going to church. Describes what the Chinese wore and avoiding contact with the Chinese, particularly letting her children play with local children. Recalls the start of World War One whilst in China and being recalled to Britain.
Place of birth: Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Army captain;
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County:
Location: Town/Place: Belfast
Periods Covered: 1890s, 1900s,1910s
Language: English

Recording Date: 2/9/1994
Playing time: 1 hr 8 mins
Access Restrictions: no consent Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: No
Transcription: Yes
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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