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755, LO/123/074
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Blinn, Helena, 1899 - , Interviewee, Female, Companion; Domestic service; Munitions worker;
Speaker: Matterson, F, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Recalls work as a travelling companion, visiting Germany in 1938 at the time of the Munich crisis. Continues by describing life in New Zealand working as a home help/domestic servant on a farm near Wellington. Describes leaving this job and eventually working in munitions factories in Australia, details the laying off of English and non- Catholic workers. Talks about moving on to Durban, South Africa, and training in millinery and upholstery. Continues with eventual return to England and shock at hearing of bombing of Coventry.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation:
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County:
Location: Town/Place: Coventry
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s,
Language: English

Recording Date: 10/9/1984
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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