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Res.3.16 Female resident, late twenties, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 26 July 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/3/16

Scope and Contents

INTVEE has three young children and fears she may be pregnant again. Topics discussed include: Neighbourhood including behaviour of local children; Accommodation and family finance; gender roles; religion; health.

Neighbourhood: INTVEE complains of behaviour of local children and believes mothers are not strict enough, children break windows and fences, her husband has dug over the garden as there was no point in doing anything with it. She thinks her street was the worst for dirty housewives, debt and unruly children.

Accommodation: There are 6 families in the interviewee's stair and 19 children. At the time of interview she had been 6 months without gas as the gas and electric meters were broken, she had been cooking on the fire or going to a relative. She had to pay seven pounds which she managed to do with a loan. Husband who is employed by the Post Office, has been off work for 5 months due to illness and they have been taken to court for rent arrears. The Post Office paid and they have also sent food baskets.

Gender roles: Husband helps with chores, he will scrub the floors and took turns getting up with the babies.

Religion: Family are Roman Catholic.

Health: Occasional bed-wetting from one child and refusal to go to bed without her. Suffered hypertension during pregnancy.

Shopping: INTVEE uses the Co-op on Pennywell Road which is OK except the cold meats which are always dried up, she'll go there for sausages and mince but she goes to a particular shop in Leith for her liver and another butcher for her ribs.


  • Other: 26 July 1961

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