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Interview with Luisa Sheehan [sound recording] Interviewer: Helen Chryssides

Item Title
Interview with Luisa Sheehan [sound recording] Interviewer: Helen Chryssides
Repository
State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana
Reference
OH 250/20
Creator
Sheehan, Maria (Luisa) (1933 - 2000)
Description

Maria Luisa Sheehan, nee Drescher, was born in Italy. Her mother was widowed two years later. In 1945, when the region was occupied by Yugoslavia, the family moved to Trieste. Luisa's mother married an English officer and in 1952 the family joined him in Khartoum. From there they emigrated to South Australia in 1955 where two of Luisa's uncles had already settled. Luisa found work immediately and within two years married a fellow employee at Philips Electrical Industries. She left the workforce for 21 years while raising her family. In 1978 she returned to paid work as one of the six original staff members of the Women's Information Switchboard. Luisa worked there as an information officer until her retirement in 1993. She discusses a range of the Switchboard activities and her responsibilities, including her role in relation to the Italian community.

Recorded on 4 August 1994, 1 hour 52 minutes.

Formats
Sound cassette
Quantity
2 tapes
Access
Not for loan - Reading room access only
Finding Aid

Full transcript with appendix of photographs and selected writings (59 pages).

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  • Oral History of Women's Political Activity : SUMMARY RECORD [sound recording] Interviewers: Barbara Baird, Helen Chryssides, June Donovan and Adair Dunsford, OH 250; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

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