Wondrausch, Mary (2 of 9) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2007-09-20, 2007-09-25, 2007-10-03

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Compton, Surrey

  • Interviewees

    Wondrausch, Mary, 1923- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Description of toy remote controlled Bugatti car made by father. Comments further on PL and his death at Brooklands. Comments on father’s ability to make things, remarks on inheriting his creative energy. Story about father having a yo-yo. [04:19] Description of Pole’s, mentions Mother Christina, music appreciation, MW’s paintings, remarks on questioning everything and disrupting the class, elocution lessons, dance lessons with Madam Vercarni, story about performing at the Albert Hall, no contact with boys, remarks on menstruating. [11:00] Short description of childhood Christmases. [12:15] Remarks on MW’s strict Roman Catholic upbringing, story about questioning the dogma and her conversations with visiting priests, mentions Father Vincent MacNab and Agnellus Andrew. Remarks on parents’ mixed marriage and mother’s devout faith, mentions Brompton Oratory, comments on brother not being bought up Roman Catholic. Comments on aspects of Roman Catholicism MW enjoyed, remarks on the usefulness of a religious background in understanding renaissance art. [16:35] Story about leaving school age sixteen at the outbreak of war and evacuating to Leominster, Herefordshire, remarks on eating parsley, comments on meeting Conscientious Objectors [CO]. Remarks on leaving school without qualifications, comments on spoiling her exam papers. [19:16] Comments on joining the Women’s Royal Air Force [WRAF] after brother’s death, remarks on his being reported missing in action. Story about MW’s first day in the WRAF, stationed at Wolverhampton, mentions Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge, fracturing her heel and receiving a disability pension. [23:54] Remarks on MW expecting to marry and not have a career. Comments on attending Kingston School of Art [KSA] to study interior design. [28:13] Further description of meeting COs and being introduced to Left-wing ideas. [29:24] Remarks on MW’s self-education and suffering from insatiable curiosity.

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