Interview with Joan Dingley

29 Jun 1993
Dingley, Joan Marjorie, 1916-

Interviews this mycologist and plant pathologist about her career with the Department of Industrial Science and Research (DSIR) in Mount Albert. Describes how it was easy to get a job with the DSIR during the war but that after the war, men's careers took priority. Comments on working facilities for women at the DSIR and the cafeteria situation. Talks about work on mould-proofing tents and radio equipment in the Pacific during World War II and, as the government botanist, training the police to identify cannabis and opium poppies. Describes drawing up the list of plant diseases which form the basis for revision of New Zealand's quarantine regulations.

Describes research into New Zealand fungi and trips to the West Coast. Mentions establishing the Botanical Gardens at Manurewa. Discusses being in the position of senior scientist but not being seen as eligible for head positions. Comments on combining a career and family and the qualities of women scientists.

Interviewer(s) - Paula Martin

Quantity: 2 C60 cassette(s). 1 folder(s). 1 interview(s). 2 Hours Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - no abstract(s) available OHA-3554 agreement form and interviewee details only.

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

Alternative form available: Listening copy cassette tapes available at OHLC-008539 - OHLC-008540

Listening copy CDs available at OHLCD-2172 and OHLCD-2173

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Date: 29 Jun 1993 From: Women in science oral history project Ref: OHC-010410 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 29 Jun 1993 From: Women in science oral history project Ref: OHC-010411 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
From: Women in science oral history project Ref: OHA-3554 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s) - biographical information and agreement forms.