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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleFitzpatrick, Dr Elizabeth
Ref No8SUF/B/162
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 33
Date12 Jul 1977
Extent41:00 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 1 Kensington Villas, Rathgar, Dublin 6. Dr Fitzpatrick is the daughter of campaigner Mrs Mabel Purser [aka Lucy Mabel O'Brien], and granddaughter of Lucius O'Brien, Dean of Limerick.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Irish Protestant background of Mrs Purser. Mrs Purser one of seven children of Dean of Limerick (Irish Protestants). Family ancestor Michael O'Brien transported to Tasmania. Family attitudes to Mrs Purser's marriage to a doctor. Trained as nurse at Bart's, London. 1908 joined IWF. How anti-suffragists caused her to join the suffrage movement. Police response to her window-breaking. Her militancy and prison experience. Privileged social position of most suffragettes. Her attitude to Home Rule, which she thought should take second place to women's suffrage. Quit IWF owing to its preoccupation with Home Rule. Joined Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU).

15:00 mins:
Before 1914, Mrs Purser accommodated refugees from the Cat & Mouse Act in England in her home. From 1916-1922 she appears to have ceased political activity. Her theosophical beliefs and ambitions for her children. Childhood of Dr Fitzpatrick. Dr Fitzpatrick's siblings and education. The family's relationship to nationalism. Intellectual connexions. Dr Purser's distinguished career as a doctor. How the family fared during the Easter Rising. Education of Mrs Purser. Her independence of mind. Her views on marriage and clothing. Her political views. Why her mother probably voted Labour. Relationships between Dr and Mrs Purser.

30:00 mins:
Dr Fitzpatrick's debt to her mother. Mrs Purser's attitude to property. Her artistic interests. Her death. Her self-reliance.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 60
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