Western Sydney Women's Oral History Project: Letter from Winsome Phillis
22nd February, 1992
After reading the copy of the transcript of our interview 13/12/91, there are just a few matters I would like to draw to your attention.
0.22 I have referred to Sister Barnes’ Hospital as a Nursing Home, but this is not correct. It was a Private Hospital for Mothers and Babies, so I should have called it a Maternity Hospital. Could you please adjust this.
Sister Barnes was a fully qualified Sister, and occasionally helped out with the other medical problems in the town, but mainly she dealt with Mothers and Babies. I have been told that she was a wonderful woman – at times she would even sleep on a mattress on the floor to make room for extra Mothers in her Hospital.
3.51 When I said our toilet was ‘out the back’ maybe I should have explained more fully that it was a separate small timber building about 20 feet from the back door. It contained a wooden seat with a black Sanitary Can underneath; the used Can was removed every week by the
Sanitary Carter and replaced by a clean empty can.
9.42 When I left school I went in to Sydney where I attended Peacocks’ Comptometer College in Martin Place. (You might like to edit the spelling.)
Thank you for the tape and I hope the photos turn out well.
(Mrs) Win Phillis.