Weather watcher : interview with Colleen Wilson

Date
23 Aug 1999
By
de Joux, Marie, 1935-2015; Wilson, M Colleen, 1920-
Ref
OHColl-0472/1
Description

Interviews the first woman in a technological capacity at the Meterological Office. Recalls how the information for weather reports was prepared with the help of farmers, lighthouse keepers and pilots. Comments on the response to her as a woman in this job. Talks about the drawing of weather maps and need for reports to be in code when World War II began. Describes how the weather watchers were put into the Air Force and she was sent to Fiji. Describes conditions, hurricanes, aeroplane flights, illness and social events. Talks about the effect of the sun on her skin, the need for medical treatment and complications in getting compensation.

Recalls how life changed in New Zealand during the war and problems in settling down again.

Interviewer(s) - Marie de Joux

Accompanying material - Photocopy of letter from Colleen Wilson to family dated 20 Nov 1944; original of letter transferred to Manuscripts

Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-007286 - OHC-007287

Quantity: 2 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 1 interview(s).

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete OHA-1804 (2 folders).

Photograph of Colleen Wilson in uniform; photograph of Colleen Wilson and Noeline Burns

Additional description

Original recordings not available for playback. Surrogate copies will be provided.

Alternative form available: Listening copies OHLC-003444 - OHCL-003445

Use/Reproduction
Public use may require the written permission of the copyright holder Copyright: Marie de Joux
Access restrictions
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Format
2 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 1 interview(s), Oral histories, Illustration: Photograph of Colleen Wilson in uniform; photograph of Colleen Wilson and Noeline Burns
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Date: 25 Aug 1999 Ref: OHC-007286 Description: Interviewer(s) - Marie de Joux Arrangement: Tape sequence - 1 of 2 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). Physical Description: Physical Characteristics - gamma fer...
Date: 25 Aug 1999 Ref: OHA-1804 Description: Interviewer(s) - Marie de Joux Quantity: 1 printed abstract(s). Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete.
Date: 25 Aug 1999 Ref: OHC-007287 Description: Interviewer(s) - Marie de Joux Arrangement: Tape sequence - 2 of 2 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). Physical Description: Physical Characteristics - gamma fer...