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Hazel Maclean

Interviewed by Yolande Pierce on 31 January 1989

Yolande Pierce. Well during the Depression, did life dramatically change for your family?

Hazel Maclean. Well, it changed rather dramatically for me. We had a really tough time all through the Depression, but not as bad as some people had. Down in Pearl Bay there were the camps for people who couldn’t get housing, and in the cliffs at the back they erected sheets of iron in front of the caves. I never found out how they managed for water, but those people were there for years. There were about five families that lived down in Pearl Bay in caves, and they were always very neatly dressed, and they were clean, but how they managed, God only knows.