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Marguerite Eldridge (known as Meg) interviewed by Rob Willis in Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 100179
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Close, Marguerite (Marguerite Lily), 1921-2013, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1999 May 2 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 57 min.) 
Series

Rob and Olya Willis folklore collection.

Summary

Eldridge speaks of her early years in Stanley (Tas.) where she was born in 1921; her grandfather's history, a mathematician and Tasmania's leading flautist from whom she developed a love of music; musical evenings with family and friends; the railway in 1922, which opened up the area; electricity in 1945; industry in Stanley- passenger boats; her school years starting at 6 years of age and finishing high school at 13 years in 1934; recites poem Australian Sunrise; learning a special song for the visit of the Duke of Gloucester.

Eldridge speaks of the hardships of The Depression, a lot of people out of work; the community surviving The Depression; the social class distinction; first job as a cashier at the "big shop"(general store) in 1934; operations of the general store which was large with various Departments; leaving work at 21 years when married; recreational activities run by the local Club; dance bands; local dances and going to the movies where a cousin played the piano for the silent movies; her work on the Discovery Museum & Geneaology Centre and Joe Lyons Cottage; writing a book about Stanley (Historic Stanley) using husband's verse and mother's painting; more about establishing the Museum to assist with the fund raising for the Church.

Biography/History

Marguerite Eldridge (known as Meg) is an author and community worker.

Notes

Recorded with Olya Willis.

Recorded on May 2, 1999 at Stanley, Tas.

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Subjects Close, Marguerite, (Marguerite Lily), 1921-2013. Historic Stanley.  |  Close, Marguerite (Marguerite Lily), 1921-2013 -- Interviews.  |  Lyons, J. A. (Joseph Aloysius), 1879-1939 -- Birthplace.  |  Stanley Discovery Museum and Genealogy Centre.  |  Joe Lyon's Cottage (Stanley, Tas.)  |  Community life -- Tasmania -- Stanley -- History -- 20th century.  |  Stanley (Tas.) -- History -- 20th century.  |  Stanley (Tas.) -- Social life and customs.
Occupation Authors.  |  Volunteers.
Other authors/contributors Willis, Rob, 1944-, Interviewer  |  Willis, Olya

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