Interview with Hilary Bennett

Date
1 Nov 1991 - 01 Nov 1991
By
Bennett, Hilary, 1956-
Ref
OHInt-0323/12
Description

Hilary Bennett born 1956. Recalls being a frail child with numerous hospital visits. Describes mother as tall and pretty with a love for music and the arts. Talks about father, an army man. Refers to growing up in military camps, with the army dominating their lives. Recalls going to seven primary schools and feelings of shyness, making friends, then moving on again. Talks about father's spell in Vietnam and how their lives changed after his return. Mentions `Saigon Bug' and Agent Orange. Recalls being sent to Catholic boarding school and describes unhappiness. Talks about mother's success as a business woman, how she coped with domestic problems at home, including father's illness, and ran a business. Recalls going nursing and describes launching into a changed world in 1974 - Deep purple, Black Sabbath, Buddha sticks soaked in opium oil etc. After five years of nursing describes decision to start a new life and recalls move to Wellington. Discusses circumstances leading to break-down in communication with mother for a couple of years, eventually bridging the gap and becoming quite close. Describes similarities and differences between mother and self.

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Interviewer(s) - Alison Gray

Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-012503

Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - transcript(s) available OHA-4291.

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

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Access restrictions
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Format
1 C60 cassette(s), 1 Hours Duration, Oral histories
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Date: 1 Nov 1991 - 01 Nov 1991 From: Mothers and daughters oral history project Ref: OHC-012503 Description: Interviewer(s) - Alison Gray Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 1 of 1 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration. Physical Description: Physical Charac...
Date: 1 Nov 1991 From: Mothers and daughters oral history project Ref: OHA-4291 Description: Interviewer(s) - Alison Gray Quantity: 1 transcript(s). 1 Hours Duration.