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721, LO/089/040
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: McDonagh, Kathleen, 1911 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse, Midwife;
Speaker: Matterson, F., Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls early family life. Describes father's work as a policeman, her mother and the family home. Mentions the General Strike and how people in Leicester helped the strikers. Gives details of shops and the local area in Belgrave. Talks about the local Irish community, of which her family were a part. Recalls childhood games and pastimes. Describes training to be a nurse and midwife in Hackney, London and talks about her work as a nurse in detail. Gives information on the Public Health Act of 1936. Talks about the conditions in homes she visited, tuberculosis (TB) nursing and clinics, infectious diseases such as diphtheria and scarlet fever. Recalls Christmas celebrations as a child.
Place of birth:
Education: Ellis Avenue School; Abbey Park Road School;
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation: Policeman
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 11/5/1984
Playing time: 1 hr 15 mins
Access Restrictions: no consent Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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