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Res.4.16 Female resident, age unknown, married, corporation tenant, female interviewer, 4 October 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/4/16

Scope and Contents

Summary includes brief description of house interior. Topics discussed include: Accommodation; unemployment; neighbours.

Acommodation: INTVEE and family are tenants in a cottage type house, previous tenants had been evicted and the house was in a shocking state despite the Corporation carrying out cleaning and repairs.

Unemployment: During the interview INTVEE became upset about her husband's imprisonment for theft and subsequent inability to find work. She showed much anxiety about the neighbours talking about her or the children being bullied at school. She is ashamed that the family has been on Nationial Assistance for a number of years. Her husband spends most of his time at the boxing club. It took her a long time to agree to her children having free school dinners. She is angry at the National Assistance Board for telling her it was up to her to make her husband work.

Until recently INVTEE had a part time cleaning job in a private household three times a week. She enjoyed this, it got her out of the house and away from the children. However she was worried that she might be breaking the law and the NAB would find out leading to another court case. Before getting married she had worked as a nursemaid from the age of 14. Her own mother died in childbirth when she was nine years old. She can't stand cheeky kids and is very firm with her children. She married to get away from home, her father had been disabled in the First World War, he had a good job but was hot-tempered. He had many rows with her husband about is unemployment but each time she left him, her father insisted she go back. She worries that anxiety about her situation contribued to her father's death.

Neighbours: INTVEE has no neighbours she can talk to. Her husband is kind and considerate but lazy. Reference made to amount of borrowing that goes on between neighbours, many have hire purchase committments from trying to furnish five-roomed houses all at once and are now in debt.

INTVEE takes yellow pills for depression but INTVER thinks they are not working and hopes that speaking about her feelings of guilt about her father might have helped. INTVEE had made fresh scones and tea for the visit and asks INTVER to visit again.


  • Other: 4 October 1961

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