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Interview with Gertrude (Jean) Williams, foreign resident in Japan, prior to and following World War II [sound recording] / interviewer, Jennifer Gall
Bib ID 349772
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Williams, Jean (Gertrude Jean), 1909-1999
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1989 
9 tape reels : 7 1/2 ips, 2 track, mono ; 7 in. 
Summary

Jean Williams describes her experiences as a foreigner living in Japan over a 50 year period, prior to and following World War II. She speaks of life in Kobe; western influences on Japanese society; class distinctions; attitudes to historic preservation; Kobe Women's Club; the Kobe Club; pattern of life; moss gardens; hiking; Japanese countryside; charcoal burners; godowns; geisha; Mr Griffiths, a family friend; Christianity; persecutions; disease; hospital conditions; Harold S. Williams; his student days; entering insurance business; marriage; travel to Japan as a couple; getting used to Japanese culture; Japanese cleaning days; evacuation in 1940; Cowra breakout; 1923 Yokohama earthquake; years in Melbourne 1940-49; Australia's threat of invasion by Japanese; rebuilding book collection after war; visits to Japanese libraries; husband's research projects and writing; her interest in netsuki; husband's work for the War Crimes Tribunal.

Notes

Transcript available (typescript, 129 leaves)

Recorded in Bendigo, Victoria on 25-26 May 1989.

Subjects Williams, Jean - (Gertrude Jean), - 1909-1999 - Interviews.  |  Williams, Harold S. - (Harold Stannett), - 1898-1987.  |  Aliens - Japan - Interviews.  |  Japan - Social conditions - 20th century.  |  Japan - Social life and customs - 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Gall, Jennifer, 1959-, Interviewer

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