• Entry type: Resource
  • Entry ID: AWH001031

Jessie Hansen interviewed by Rob Willis for the Rob Willis folklore collection [sound recording]

  • Repository National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
  • Reference ORAL TRC 3388/181
  • Date Range 28-Apr-99 - 28-Apr-99
  • Description

    1 digital audio tape (ca. 65 min.) Hansen speaks of her early years in Scotland as part of a large close family with 2 brothers and 4 sisters in the early 1900s; first job in Glasgow, Scotland as a machinist (dressmaker); arriving in Australia in 1926 with her sister and brother-in-law on the TSS Bendigo; her first impressions of Wonthaggi where she worked for the first 12 months at the Mine’s General Manager’s home on a wage of 2 pound per week; no secondary industries in Wonthaggi in the 1920s ; having started her own business as a dressmaker; being married in 1928 to a New Zealand miner who was a strong unionist; becoming a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, who supported the miners and the community- women were more militant than some of the men. Hansen speaks of her work as the Secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary and the Pensioner’s Committee; the town being a “good labour town” even though it was felt that the Labour government was against the miners; travelling in Victoria to speak about the strikes and the conditions that the miners had to endure; a strong Women’s Auxiliary in Wonthaggi which had been formed in 1934 by Mrs Agnes Chambers- people wanted to hear the women not men talk about conditions; boycotting the shops in 1928 and the reasons for doing this; work done by the Auxiliary, making food and clothing parcels for the needy, methods of raising money; recreational activities included dances, picture theatre, community singing and being in the Minstrel Singers; distinction between the Workers and the Gentlemen’s Clubs.

  • Access Access open for research, personal copies and public use.
  • Finding Aid Timed summary. (2 p.)

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  • See also
    • Wonthaggi Women's Auxiliary (1934 - )