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:
Location: Town/Place: Coventry
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s,
Recording Date: 10/9/1984
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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