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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleNorthey, Mrs Molly
Ref No8SUF/B/096
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 21
LevelFile
Date23 Jun 1976
Extent127:24 mins
Admin Biographical HistoryMolly Northey was the daughter of Henry Harben.
DescriptionInterview took place at 3 Camellia Court, New St John's Road, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. Interviewee is daughter of HD Harben, supporter of the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU). Also see other interviews related to Harben [8SUF/B/036, 8SUF/B/040, 8SUF/B/047, 8SUF/B/056, 8SUF/B/057, 8SUF/B/115].

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Relationship with her father Henry Harben, shared love of sport and music. Harben's personality, intellect and magnetism. Harben's relationship with Naomi [Molly's sister], his crazes and dedication to the suffrage movement and attitude to his family. Harben's charm and warmth and high standards. Harben's inherited wealth. Harben's studies at Oxford and being called to the bar. Harben emotionally involved in his first case, has a breakdown and gives up the law. Financial freedom and decision to use his money to help others. Activity during the First World War.

15:00 mins:
Harben's motivation and upbringing. Similarities between Harben and Naomi (his daughter). Harben's unpredictability and love of women. Molly's riding accident and father's response. Harben's attitude to his sons. Harben's love of freedom and his attitude to marriage and family. Molly supports her family in Harben's absence.

30:00 mins:
Molly supports her family in Harben's absence. Harben's contradictory personality and similarity between Naomi (Harben's daughter) and Harben. Harben's life in Paris and support for impoverished artists. Involvement in suffrage movement. Harben's house, Newland Park, and flat in London and self-effacement. Suffragettes at Newland Park. Harben's attitude towards his daughters' careers. Harben's manner and appearance.

45:00 mins:
Similarities between Naomi (Harben's daughter) and Harben. Harben's personality, his wife's elegance and physical appearance. Molly's mother's attitude towards Harben and her children. Family's staff, butler etc. Harben's zest for life and food fads. Harben's good qualities, attitude to class and political beliefs. Harben's upbringing and education. Harben's support for the Labour movement. Harben's wife and mistress.

60:00 mins:
Harben's attitude to class and upbringing and manners. Harben's attitude towards the suffrage movement and women. Eric [Molly's older brother]. Harben's dress sense and appearance, structure of his day. Attitude towards food and drink.

75:00 mins:
Harben's crazes, vegetarianism, role in the family. Harben's wife and her behaviour towards him. Harben's mistress 'Baby'. Molly's attitude towards Baby. Molly's admiration for her father and appreciation of his good qualities. Harben's friends' reaction to Baby. Harben and Baby's relationship. How Harben and Baby met, Baby's dependence on him and her pet name for him. Molly's surprise at meeting Baby at Harben's house.

90:00 mins:
Molly's attitude towards Baby and infrequent visits to see her father. Change in Molly's relationship with her father and Baby when her mother dies. Baby's attitude towards Molly and her cleverness. Harben's personality and single-mindedness. Harben's ambition and standing as a Labour MP.

105:00 mins:
Harben's ability to get on well with men and women. Harben's organisational skills and his library. Molly's belief that Harben was ahead of his time. Harben's intolerance of failure. Harben's response to Naomi and Molly's divorces. Harben's intelligence and lack of understanding, emotional response to beauty.

120:00 mins:
Harben's emotional response to beauty. Molly's mother's involvement in the suffrage movement. Harben's wife punches a policeman in Trafalgar Square to protect her husband. Police try to arrest Harben's wife and Harben volunteers to go in her place.
URLhttps://www.lse.ac.uk/library/collection-highlights/the-suffrage-interviews
Related Record8SUF/B/036
8SUF/B/040
8SUF/B/047
8SUF/B/056
8SUF/B/057
8SUF/B/115
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 32
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