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Transcript of interview with Joy Willis

Joy Willis was born on 5th February, 1926 at St. Marys. Joy attended school in St Marys and Penrith. After leaving school Joy worked for Manpower, who would place her at various locations doing 'war work', until the end of World War 2 in 1945. Joy…


Transcript of interview with Audrey Watson

Audrey Watson was born on 23rd August, 1922 at Sydney. Audrey moved to Penrith with her husband in 1946. The couple lived in a flat above a shop for a number of years before building a house at Emu Plains. Audrey ran the tea room at the Lewer's…

Transcript of interview with Amelia Vincent

Amelia Vincent was born in 1914, in Italy. Amelia's family migrated to Sydney in 1922, and moved to a new block of land in Blacktown a year later. The family ran a vineyard and Amelia's father worked as a bricklayer.


Transcript of interview with Edna Vidler

Edna Vidler was born on 31st December, 1908, at Newtown, Sydney. Edna was one of ten children and the eldest girl in her family. The family moved to Blacktown when Edna was aged 12. Edna left school at age 15 and went to work as a tailor in…


Transcript of interview with Marjory Turner

Marjory Turner was born on the 25th January, 1929, at Penrith. After leaving school at age 15, Marjory worked at Selfridges, Parramatta, and later at a factory in St Marys. Marjory married in 1948 and lived with her husband's family until the couple…

Transcript of interview with Margaret Taylor

Margaret Taylor was born on 23rd February, 1932, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Margaret's family moved to Australia when she was 18, settling first at Kingswood and later at Mt Druitt. After leaving school at age 14, Margaret gained a job at St.…

Transcript of interview with Eugenie Stapleton

Eugenie Stapleton was born on 21st January, 1911, at Lambton, Newcastle. Eugenie moved to St. Marys with her husband after the Second World War ended. They bought a new house and settled there with their two children. Eugenie's husband, Len, was the…


Transcript of interview with Marie Sing

Marie Sing was born on 10th March, 1930, at Wellington, NSW. She moved with her family to Blacktown at age 15. Marie mentions that her family were not happy about her marrying a man with a Chinese background at first, but eventually accepted it. Both…


Transcript of interview with Doreen Scott

Doreen Scott was born on 1st December, 1925, at Camden. Doreen grew up on a property at Luddenham, moving to Penrith when she married in 1944. Doreen ran Scott's Corner Shop in High Street, Penrith for many years; her husband Jim ran his auto…


Transcript of interview with Olga Robshaw

Olga Robshaw was born on the 8th November, 1924, at Riverstone. Her childhood was spent on a small poultry farm at Schofields, which her father had established after retiring from Riverstone Meatworks. Olga married at age 18 and ran 'The Advocate'…