Heather Stella Starr (previously Blair), Leading Telegraphist, Women's Royal Australian Naval Service, interviewed by Dr Ruth Thompson for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-45

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Accession Number S00593
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D60; two track mono
Maker Starr (previously Blair), Heather Stella
Thompson, Ruth
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Caringbah
Date made 13 June 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45
Description

Discussing pre-war employment; joining the Women's Emergency Signalling Corp; enlisting in the Navy; training at Navy Office, Melbourne; posting to HMAS Harman; leisure in Queanbeyan and Canberra; meeting and marrying during her naval service and the nature of war time romance and a war time, "true navy" wedding; separation during the war and divorce afterwards; working with Y Section; security; disparity in pay between male and female members of the Australian Navy; uniforms; changes to HMAS Harman after 1944; demobilisation; post-demobilisation retraining; adjustment to civilian life.

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