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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleBillington Greig, Miss Fiona
Ref No8SUF/B/010
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 2
Date24 Aug 1974
Extent81:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee the biographies for Fiona Billington-Greig and Teresa Billington-Greig
DescriptionInterview took place at 146 Dora Road, Wimbledon, London SW19. Also see interview 8SUF/B/202.

Interview Summary:

0:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig's autobiography. Drafts given to Fawcett Library. Fiona Billington-Greig's father. The split with Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU), 1907. Teresa Billington-Greig's lecturing. Rail accident in Northern Ireland, 1910. Teresa Billington-Greig's journalism. Fiona's birth (1916) during First World War. Teresa Billington-Greig's involvement with: Sports Fellowship, Women's Billiards Association, Women for Westminster, Married Women's Association, Women's Business and Professional Luncheon Club and, during the Second World War, the Commonwealth Association. The reasons for her subsequent withdrawal from all organisations. Her vulnerable personality, lack of ruthlessness, strong belief in rationality, her deprived and Catholic upbringing.

15:00 mins
Teresa Billington-Greig's childhood and relationship with her parents. Meeting her husband [Frederick Greig], their marriage and companionship. Atheism. Her husband's career.

30:00 mins:
Effect on Teresa Billington-Greig of her husband's death. Their inseparability. Approach to being a mother and housekeeper. Taking over her husband's job. Reasons for not writing. Conflicts with family over Trade Unionism and Labour Party. Social class of her parents and grandparents. Disapproval of her sister Beatrice. How she is understated in histories of women's suffrage despite being a major figure in the Women's Freedom League (WFL).

45:00 mins:
Regrets about Teresa Billington-Greig's lack of achievements. Personality traits: no small talk, no white lies. Her attitude to domesticity. Loving mother. Conventional schooling for Fiona. Teaching. Hobbies and interests. Relationship with sister, Clarrie, and brother, Stan. Weak father and brother.

60:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig's appearance. Nervous speaker. Attendance at the annual gathering of the suffragettes. Feelings towards Sylvia Pankhurst. Inability to work with others for long periods. Self-conviction, straight talking and refusal to compromise. Encouraged to return to journalism. Independent Labour Party. Member of Fabian society. Voted for women MPs. Friends with George Hardie.

75:00 mins:
Teresa Billington-Greig pro-Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), though never marched. Obituary in The Guardian. Passionately opposed to both First World War and Second World War. Volunteer work with evacuees during Second World War.
Related Record8SUF/B/202
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 04
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