People Share Their Stories

Claire had lived with her brother, Keith, in Fitzroy Street Newtown since 1912. Claire talks warmly of family life and also of the work of women (everything had to be ironed) and children (a lot of the children sold papers and ran messages), family outings (Bronte), typical meals (leg of lamb or pork and plum pudding on Sundays). She mentions the flu epidemic of 1919, childhood illnesses and the Newtown shops (Newtown was the shopping area of Sydney). Claire talks about the sounds and smells emanating from the local factories and railway workshops. This is a broad ranging interview filled with character and colour and language we no longer hear (we were young ladies I'll have you know, dash it all!).

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