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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleRobinson, Miss Margaret
Ref No8SUF/B/031
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 8
Date7 Feb 1975
Extent76:00 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Margaret Robinson
DescriptionInterview took place at 27 Blandford Road, Teddington, London (her niece's house where she was staying).

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Early family life in liberal protestant family. Education and Higher Education of Robinson and her sisters. Schoolteaching and work as a Headmistress at Braye, County Wicklow. Atitudes to Home Rule, the Boer War.

15:00 mins:
Belief in suffrage for women. Joined the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) in Belfast, c.1908. Early death of both parents. Worked against white slave traffic. Visit of Emmeline Pankhurst to Belfast. Pro Home Rule. Acted as branch delegate to a London WSPU meeting. Rally and march ended violently.

30:00 mins:
Broke shop windows of 'Swan & Edgar'. Sentenced at Central Criminal Court to 8 weeks in Holloway Prison. Prison conditions described. Return to teaching jobs. Advent of First World War.

45:00 mins:
Second World War work. Bought school and retired aged 58. In retirement: active in Irish Country Women's Association (ICA) in order to encourage more participation in society and politics by Irish women. Retirement to Letterfrack.

60:00 mins:
Attitude towards the Women's Liberation Movement. Why she supported violent means to get votes for women. Why she did not join the Fawcett Society. Relations with religious leaders in Belfast. Personalities of Pankhurst women and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence. The education of girls. Her mother's Huguenot ancestry. Her father's occupation and civic duties. Her sisters' marriages.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 09
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