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Res.2.3 Female resident, age unknown, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 7 March 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/2/3

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Living accommodation and furnishings; child-rearing; rent and hire purchase.

INTVEE and family moved in at the end of the previous year having been on the housing list for about four years, two years before they were married - only one year prior to marriage is counted as qualifying time. She lives with her husband and 18 month old baby. The house has not long been completed and they are the first occupants. Their block houses twenty families in six flats over five floors; the upper flats are on two levels. INTVEE has no complaints about the house, INTVER thinks it is a very decent house as municipal building goes, "decently proportioned rooms, a well-fitted kitchen, little noise and no damp. It was even decorated with lilac painted doors and yellow walls everywhere except in the living -room which was mushroom". All decorating was done prior to INTVEE moving in. INTVEE likes to choose her food carefully and goes to shops at Davidsons Mains or Groathill. INTVER notes that she doesn't choose her furniture carefully as the leg falls off a recently bought coffee table during the interview. INTVER describes the interview as enjoyable and thinks the INTVEE had been looking forward to it. INTVEE's mother who is in her fifties is also present. INTVER was miserable when she first moved to the area from the centre of town, she thought everyone was unfriendly and stand offish. She wept quite a bit because of loneliness in the first few weeks. Now she is friendly with some of the women on her stair and will have a cup of tea with one of them. INTVWR notes that there does not seem to be "chain reaction" with people introducing each other. INTVEE's husband will take the baby out but has never bathed him or filled a bottle. The baby has always been bottle fed with national dried milk and was weaned at about 8 months. INTVEE's mother thinks babies are weaned too early now. INTVEE not impressed with the welfare clinic she attends, she thinks they rattle off stock answers and attribute most difficulties to teething. She does not use hire purchase but thinks it is hard to resist the salesmen, they are persistent and very good at inspiring guilt so you feel you have wasted their time instead of the other way round. The rent is 32/6d a week. They go out to the pictures and theatre occasionally, grandparents or friends will stay over on Saturday nights to babysit. They are saving up for a television. INTVER thinks the family lead a balanced and satisfying life.


  • Other: 7 March 1961

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