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"I must have been sixteen...We'd never known anything like it. We didn't know what to expect."
A summary of Fran's story and a brief description of the historical period can be found in the Fran McKirdy lesson
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Click here to listen to Fran's oral history about her childhood, education and life in Australia during World War Two in a pop up player.


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TITLE: Fran McKirdy
INTERVIEWER: Carol McKirdy
INTERVIEWEE: Fran McKirdy / teacher
DATE AND LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: 30/6/2008, Cronulla NSW
LENGTH OF RECORDING: 59 minutes
LANGUAGE: English
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Nil
ORIGINAL RECORDING HELD AT: Interviewer’s home
RECORDING FORMAT: Digital mp3
KEY THEMES: World War 2
Fort Street Girls High School / selective schooling / end of school party for girls only / female students not continuing with education / Art school at old Darlinghurst jail / effects of the Depression / Sydney Church and community life / Order of Knights / bungers / barn dances / Harvest Festival dinners
Outbreak of war / the war effort / working in Intelligence / reccies / secret plans / directed work in ammunitions factories / shelling of Rose Bay / midget submarines / bitter sweet time
Sexual discrimination / daily life in wartime Sydney / going without during the war / rationing /coupons / black market / bras, bloomers, yearly best dress and hat
Losing loved ones / lack of communication / returned servicemen / attitudes to Japanese
Career as a calligrapher
SUMMARY: Yes - in Fran McKirdy lesson on this wiki
TRANSCRIPT: No
BRIEF HISTORY: Yes – in Fran McKirdy lesson on this wiki