Click here to skip to main content.
Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleCollisson, Miss Margery Chave
Ref No8SUF/B/114
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 24
Date16 Nov 1976
Extent70:52 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at Onslow Court Hotel, Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London.

Interview summary:

0:00 mins:
Her experience compared to that of other women from the National Union. Eleanor Rathbone and Eva Hubback and their involvement in the suffrage struggle. Her education and early career in Australia. Difference in outlook in Australia. Australian feminist Ruby Rich. Travelling in United States of America (USA). Her friend Mary (possibly Molly) Scott Menken (nee Shaw), niece of Rose Scott, the prominent feminist in Australia. Her friend's lack of interest in organised feminism. Her father and mother and how they met and married. Absence of feminist background or upbringing. Her stay in United States of America (USA) and her education there. Her personal feminist ideas. Her mother's experiences in Australia. Her move to England in 1922.

15:00 mins:
English people's perceptions of the wider world. Margery Corbett-Ashby and her opinions. Sarah Clegg and her fortune. Old Lyceum Club for women in Piccadilly. British Commonwealth League. Introduction by secretary Mrs Bompas to the International Women's Suffrage Alliance (now known as International Alliance of Women). Women's experiences in the Second World War. First conference of British Commonwealth League in 1925. Structure of the League. Daisy Solomon in South Africa and founding of the Black Sash. Role of the League for Commonwealth women.

30:00 mins:
Role as Women Power Officer during the Second World War in Bradford. Role in the BBC. Alice Hemming and Gloria Davis in the British Commonwealth League. The League's position in the women's movement. Lecturing at the City Literary Institute in London and also in India. Role in the League. Margery Corbett-Ashby as President of the British Commonwealth League.

45:00 mins:
Work of the British Commonwealth League. Purpose of luncheons. Impact of the Second World War on the League. Her discretion and role in contributing to the League in its later years. Establishment of bureau in 1927-1928 and its purpose. Travelling with her friend Maude Royden around New Zealand and Australia. Character of Maude Royden and her relationship with Percy Dearmer.

60:00 mins:
Difference in temperament. Influence of Maude Royden. Relationship with her mother and family experience. Her education at the London School of Economics, studying under (Richard Henry) Tawney. British Commonwealth League name changed to Commonwealth Countries League. Her office in house in Buckingham Street. Brief mention of Myra Sadd Brown.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 40
    Powered by CalmView© 2008-2024