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Margaret Roberts interviewed by Kay Lawrence in the Parliament House embroiderers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4726318
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Roberts, Margaret, 1934-, Interviewee
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2009 
3 sound files (ca. 187 min.) 

Parliament House embroiderers oral history project.

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Mode of access: Online. 


Margaret Roberts born 1934 in Brisbane speaks about her parents; her love of embroidery; her siblings; contracting osteomyelitis at age of three; her schooling; other interests; the effect of the Second World War on her family; the treatment of osteomyelitis; leaving school and attending business college; relocating to Canberra; her elder brother's war death (1943); Linda Roberts; Kelleher's Victoria Cross, Returned Service League (RSL); Clive Evatt; her families reaction to brother’s death; working at the Public Service Board and replacing a Hansard typist; meeting her husband Jack (1954); returning to Brisbane; her marriage (1959); textiles equipment; Robert Hyslop; building a home at Narrabundah, A.C.T. (1959); working as a stenographer at a United Nations Conference; her role as a stenographer; working at the High Commission for South Africa, Canberra; motherhood and family finances; purchasing a house in Rivett, Canberra; being fearful of Japanese invasion as a child; memories of the end of the war.

Roberts talks about her disability and caring for young children; family recreational activities; her involvement with ACT Macrame Group; her first embroidery; her interest in embroidery prior to joining the ACT Embroiderers Guild in (1972); creative embroidery and embroidery kits; formation of the Creative Embroiderers Group; the National Gallery of Australia exhibitions; Dorothy Hyslop; the Parliament House Embroidery Joining and Mounting Committee; part-time employment in textiles conservation at the National Gallery of Australia from (1984-1999); coordinating the joining and mounting of the Parliament House Embroidery; Betty Bourke; Anne Richards; transporting the rolled embroidery to Parliament House; her feelings when completing the joining and mounting process; managing her commitments and family responsibilities at this time; Josephine Carter; Kay Lawrence; her conservation experience; the value of handmade and original designs; the importance of her family; relationships; the influence of teachers; the impact of her disability on her mobility; the importance of sharing experience and knowledge when considering the future.


Recorded on 24 October 2009 at Rivett, A.C.T.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed Summary (6 p.) 
Subjects Roberts, Margaret, 1934- -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Parliament House.  |  Embroidery -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra.  |  Embroidery -- Australia.  |  Needlework -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Lawrence, Kay, Interviewer

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