Eyre, Patricia Naomi, 1916-2006: War time experiences

1993, 1941-1948
Eyre, Patricia Naomi, 1916-2006

Transcript of a memoir by Patricia Eyre, wife of New Zealand politician, Dean Eyre, of their family's wartime experience in San Francisco following the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

Describes how she and her husband came to be in Hawaii in late 1941 before being evacuated to California in 1942, her search for war work, and her training as a welder working on Liberty ships at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California. Recounts details of her shift work at the shipyard and of her experience in welding. Also includes informal accounts of her husband's activities with the National Party and of meetings with Peter Fraser and Gordon Coates.

Attached are photocopies of her certificates in welding, union membership certificates for the International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders and Helpers of America, pay receipts, war savings bond application, and United States War Department Notification of Personnel Action.

Source of title - Transcribed

Dean Eyre, who later became a National Party figure, was working for an American firm in Hawaii in 1941 at the time of the Pearl Harbour attack. His family, comprising his wife, Patricia, and their son, were evacuated to California. Patricia Eyre wrote an account of their experiences.

Quantity: 1 folder(s). 0.01 Linear Metres.

Physical Description: Typescript, Photocopied printed matter

Provenance: Patricia Eyre gave Ms Judith Trotter this manuscript in Ottawa in 1993

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