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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleShannon, Mrs Gertrude
Ref No8SUF/B/193
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 38
Date10 Jun 1981
Extent74:25 mins
Admin Biographical HistorySee biographies for Annie Lawrence and Gertrude Shannon
DescriptionInterview took place at 8 Clarendon Street, London SW1V 4QT.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins: Rhyl during the suffragette movement. Parents' place of birth and occupation. Their shop. Her mother Annie Lawrence a suffragette and cattle dealer in Rhyl. Annie's difficult childhood and time in America. Her father [Arthur Lawrence] - his talents and education. Their home in Rhyl. Her brother [AJ Lloyd Lawrence] and his achievements. First World War prevented her training at music college. Father's family and business. Gertrude Shannon's occupation and clothing business. As children encouraged to participate in conversation. Chilhood activities. Household staff.

15:00 mins: Annie Lawrence's dominating character. Her equality to her husband in the family business. Annie ran the farm, bought sheep and cattle. Annie's character and religion. The children's education. Annie's early career before marriage. How the household was managed with servants. Local political attitudes. Their house.

30:00 mins: The Lawrences' shop. Annie's understanding of children and attitude to their education. Their governesses. Annie's ambition for her son. Importance of local dramatic society.

45:00 mins: Entertaining Miss Flatman and Mrs Pankhurst's visit to Rhyl. Visiting Liverpool and the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) shop. WSPU merchandise. How their business prevented her parents from entering local politics. Second World War. Annie's asthma. Her fondness of hotel life. Annie's life and friendships after death of husband. Annie's attitude towards militancy, support for the WSP, and her view on how suffragettes were treated. Attitude to Emily Wilding Davison. Gertrude's childhood. Annie's reluctance to have children, attitude to food, health and alcohol.

60:00 mins: Annie's illness and confinement to a Bath Chair. Her cure, and possible psychosomatic nature of her ill-health. Her Will and intention to treat son and daughter equally. The family's interest in theatre and local societies. Annie's social aspirations. Middle-class family.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 75
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