Interview with Laurie Salas
Margaret Laurence Salas (nee Hay) born Wellington. Outlines family background - father's oldest brother, Ernest Hay became Judge of High Court and Mayor of Lower Hutt. Father ran YMCA in Egypt and France. Describes influence of father and aunt Helen Constance Wilberforce-Baker on life. Describes Rangiruru Girls' School and head mistress, Miss Helen Gibson. Explains effect World War II had on time at University. Mentions Dr Carl Popper. Married Ian Webster 1943 and explains how he died in 1943 from a sting to his neck which became infected. Met and married Jack Salas an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. Notes that she began training as a doctor but left it to have a family.
Describes involvement with Playcentre and being their first representative on National Council of Women; also involvement with Federation of University Women (FUW). Comments on the role of Mavis Tiller in the NCW particularly in establishing the Parliamentary Watch Committee. Describes the work of an NCW subcommittee which looked at maternity services in 1960 and the NCW's failure to adopt its resolutions. Talks about involvement in the peace movement, being UN Association (UNA) president for 4 years, work with the World Federation of UNA and the Voluntary Aid Support scheme (foreign aid). Details lobbying to get New Zealand a seat on the Security Council with reference to Terence O'Brien. Recalls involvement in National Council, Society for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as NCW representative with reference to Jim Roxburgh, Dr Thompson and Charles Burns. Describes involvement with Women's International League Peace Movement. Recalls receiving Queen's Jubilee medal and Queen's Service Order medal also the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Describes Register of Resolutions. Details the careers and interests of her six children.
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Venue - Wellington
Interviewer(s) - Marian Redwood
Venue - Wellington
Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-006331-006333
Quantity: 3 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 1 interview(s). 3 Hours Duration.
Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete AB-1457. No abstract available for side six of interview.
One b&w photograph of Dame Laurie Salas. Evening Post photo taken after the investiture of her brother David Hay, May 1991.
Alternative form available: Listening copies OHLC-007309 - OHLC-007311
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There are 4 items in total.
Format: 3 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 1 interview(s), 3 Hours Duration, Oral histories, Illustration: One b&w photograph of Dame Laurie Salas. Evening Post photo taken after the investiture of her brother David Hay, May 1991., Sound quality: Side one recording is very low levelSee original record
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