Mosman Voices - oral histories online

Second World War

  • Beryl Daley. - interviewed by Eve Klein, 15th April 2002
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. I’m still very interested in how you got involved with the American forces. Beryl Daley. Then of course, the women had to get out, and when we got back…
  • Beryl Daley. - interviewed by Eve Klein, 15th April 2002
    Subject:
    Beryl Daley. Yes, well Hitler was moving across Europe, and every day we would come in and have to check what country had fallen overnight to the Nazis, and cut our…
  • Beryl Daley. - interviewed by Eve Klein, 15th April 2002
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. So you were nursing, and how did you become involved with the American side of things. Beryl Daley. Suddenly I had a letter from Australia House, and t…
  • Beryl Daley. - interviewed by Eve Klein, 15th April 2002
    Subject:
    Beryl Daley. We were 11 and a half weeks zig-zagging across the oceans of the world, because we zig-zagged. We left in convoy and the convoy went from Liverpool half…
  • Betty Kennard - interviewed by Eve Klein, 5th March 2001
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. After you worked at the Commonwealth Bank, what made you leave? Betty Kennard. I left to get married. If you were married you automatically left, you w…
  • Betty McGlinchy - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 August 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. Talking about wartime, is there anything that stands out in your mind during that time? You’re now what age? Betty McGlinchy. I’ve just turned 72. I wa…
  • Betty McGlinchy - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 August 2000
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    Eve Klein. Where were you shopping then? Betty McGlinchy. In Mosman Junction. Eve Klein. At Mosman Junction, which is Spit Junction…? Betty McGlinchy. ….no,…
  • Betty McGlinchy - interviewed by Eve Klein, 13 August 2000
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    Betty McGlinchy. Not really no. Redan Street was fairly quiet. During the War the tanks and the army lorries used to come trundling along the street and we’d all rus…
  • Brian Woolley - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 16 May 2001
    Subject:
    Sandra Blamey. Do you remember the war years here? Brian Woolley. Yes, I remember the war years in Beauty Point, because all the street lights had guards on them.…
  • Brian Woolley - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 16 May 2001
    Subject:
    Brian Woolley. During the war-times when a lot of volunteers went into the city to do the camouflage nets, I had about 50 or so of these big Huntsmen spiders, and I…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. From your point of view, do you recall any deprivation at all, during that time? Bruce Cormack. No, absolutely none. It was a great time to be in Mosma…
  • Bruce Cormack - interviewed by Eve Klein, 4 December 2000
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    Bruce Cormack. We used to do the most ridiculous hair-raising things in billy-carts on the steep hills of that part of Mosman. It was the hill that was the problem n…
  • Estelle Clancy - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 21 March 2001
    Subject:
    Estelle Clancy. We’re talking now about 10 Clifford Street. Each of the houses in the street had tennis courts. It was a big backyard when they eventually – of cours…
  • Garrie Felsted Wells - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 24th July 2003
    Subject:
    Garrie Felsted Wells. Yes, I think I was very aware that most of my school friends’ parents owned their own house whereas we rented so I felt that they were definite…
  • Garrie Felsted Wells - interviewed by Zoe Dobson , 24th July 2003
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    Garrie Felsted Wells. Yes, I remember very vividly the night they came in because my dad was by then a warden and we had a trench in the back garden and my mother wa…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. But I do remember that in the period just before, and after, The Second World War there was a large amount of shops along Military Road. They really had…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. My memories of the war years were building an air-raid shelter. We built an air-raid shelter and actually used it twice. Rosemary Christmas. Where was…
  • John Steel - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 10 May 2000
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    John Steel. Well this is really during the war years. I remember, we were talking about Balmoral beach earlier on. I remember Balmoral was completely wired against t…
  • Louise Crisp - interviewed by Eve Klein, 14 August 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. Do you recall the war at all? Louise Crisp. I do, I was a little girl at school and I remember the teachers talking about it to us, and my parents spea…
  • Margaret Ewart and Garland Churcher - interviewed by Eve Klein, 27 December 2000
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. She’s just going to comment on the life in Mosman during the war. Garland Churcher. Well it was busy with war things. Masses of canteens were opened, b…
  • Margaret Joan Holmes - interviewed by Margaret Holgate, 17 November 2000
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    Margaret Holmes. The other thing was the influx of the refugees from Hitler that came to Mosman during the 1930s. Margaret Holgate. What dates would that be? M…
  • Margaret Joan Holmes - interviewed by Margaret Holgate, 17 November 2000
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    Margaret Holgate. Could you tell me a bit more about how it was in Mosman during the war generally? Margaret Holmes. Once the Japanese threat came, we had to prep…
  • Miss Laurie Mullens - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7th March 2002
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    Miss Mullens. I started nursing when I left school but I got an infection and my mother was advised to take me away, she said the little ones get through all these t…
  • Miss Laurie Mullens - interviewed by Eve Klein, 7th March 2002
    Subject:
    Eve Klein. Did the Second World War affect your life? Miss Mullens. Yes that definitely did, and I joined the NES a voluntary organisation, we were ambulance driv…
  • Patricia Ann Rae Dale - interviewed by Susan Kelly, 14 October 2002
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    Susan Kelly. How did the war change your experiences as a child? Patricia Dale. I can remember the soldiers being camped between us and the Zoo and the searchlight…
  • Patricia Beaumont - interviewed by Rosemary Christmas, 28 March 2001
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    Rosemary Christmas. Do you remember the war years? Did that affect you at all? Patricia Beaumont. Yes, the Second World War, well yes. Rather a strange thing happ…
  • Ted Pethebridge - interviewed by Sandra Blamey, 6 March 2001
    Subject:
    Sandra Blamey. You mentioned the war years and being in service. Ted Pethebridge. I was in the Infantry in the services – I became a Sergeant. Sandra Blamey. Di…
  • Terry Forrest - interviewed by Zoe Dobson, 16 October 2003
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    Zoe Dobson. A strong sense of community. Terry Forrest. I think that has always existed in Mosman because of its boundaries are almost all water and I think that…