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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleMoyes, Helen
Ref No8SUF/B/055
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 12
Date18 Sep 1975
Extent67:01 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biography for Helen Moyes
DescriptionInterview took place at 264 The Boulevarde, Miranda, Sydney. (Born Helen Fraser). Also see interviews 8SUF/B/054 and 8SUF/B/058.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Not attending the unduly partisan National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship (NUSEC) meetings in the 1920s - their support for Labour to the exclusion of other parties. Mrs Hubbard influential in this shift. Wrote reviews in 'Manchester Guardian' and 'Glasgow Bulletin' of women's activities. Her non-identification with political organisations. NUSEC structure. Membership of Glasgow branch. Work in Cardiff. National work. Her experience of anti-suffrage and anti-colonial violence while working for the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in Cork, Ireland before 1914. Struck in the head by protestors. The unfamiliar political climate in Ireland, from the suffrage viewpoint. Mostly male anti-suffrage violence on the 1913 suffrage pilgrimage in Camborne, Cornwall.

15:00 mins:
Home Rule. Political reception and class divisions in Ireland. Suffrage movement identified with gentry. Father's attitude towards discipline. Mother's attitude to violence against children in community. Positive relationship with parents. Difficulty after Father died. Mother's identification with father's public role. Positive marriage between parents.

30:00 mins:
Pleased she didn't go to university and belief in fate. Studied economics, work for National Savings campaign. Speeches on economic issues. Freelance journalism. Lecture tours in America in 1920s. Made it difficult for her to participate in NUSEC. Her autobiography. Her career in Wales. War savings movement. Glyn Jones.

45:00 mins:
Settled disputes in the Rhondda, Wales. Set up war savings committee. Diplomatic skills in disputes. Built up branch of NUWSS in Cardiff. Why she liked Wales. Class system in Wales. Miner's health fund. Stay with the Lewis family in Cardiff. Mrs Lewis a keen suffragist, her influence on the community, their close relationship. Miss Collins - Headmistress of local girls' school.

60:00 mins:

Headmistresses who were active suffragists. Mabel Howell. Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) non-existent in South Wales. Strength of Manchester suffrage movement. Hexham by-election.

Not included in the copy of the recording
[Hexham by-election and Charles Hands of the Daily Mail (who named her 'the chieftainess'). Mary Gawthorpe. By-election work in Bermondsey. Her involvement in female freemasonry after First World War. Her Scottish parliamentary candidatures in the early 1920s. Her admiration for Lloyd George. Work on Kensington town council. Her attitudes to dress. Mrs Pankhurst's appearance and speaking style. Mrs Billington Greig's appearance and dress. How Helen taught some of the younger suffragists to speak in public. Importance, in a Scottish education, of a good grounding in English grammar. Reflections on the outcome of her career.]
Related Record8SUF/B/054
Access StatusOpen
Former Reference NumberTape 16
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