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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleDunnett, Mrs Margaret
Ref No8SUF/B/111
Box Fetch NoBox 1
Date2 Nov 1976
Extent1 interview
DescriptionThis interview is missing.
Interview took place at Basings Cottage, Cowden, Kent. Interviewee is the niece of suffragette Olive Walton.

Interview summary from original notes:
Her affection as a small child for her aunt, Olive Walton, a suffragette. Olive's family background and upbringing. Her lack of academic pretensions. Olive's unpopularity with her family, including her mother, after her father's death. 'Difficult' as a child. Her education. Social work in London. The Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) is just what she had been waiting for. Olive's appearance. Her attitude to men. Her affection for a soldier killed in First World War. WSPU in Tunbridge Wells, windowbreaking, Holloway, and family shock. Family reticence, subsequently, about it all. Mrs D's friendly relationship with Olive, who behaved to her as an aunt should. Her obsessional personality, her physical courage. She joins the women's police and works among prostitutes. Lamed by an accident while still in the police force. Became a vegetarian and Christian Scientist, and refused treatment for developing cancer. Adopted an orphan, who later had to be taken over by Olive's younger sister. Her belief in progressive education, Labour sympathies, masculine dress and general appearance. Supports the miners in 1920s, dies c1937. WSPU the happiest period of her life. Worked as an almoner in an East End hospital after retiring from the women police. Not active in inter-war women's organisations.
Access StatusMissing
Former Reference NumberTape 39
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