Margaret Curtis-Otter, Acting First Officer, 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 S00597
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 55 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D60; two track mono
Maker Curtis-Otter, Margaret Catherine
Thompson, Ruth
Date made 15 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 as journalist; going to Hong Kong to join husband at outbreak of war; working as part-time cypher assistant with the British Navy and as public relations assistant with the British Far Eastern Ministry of Information; security provisions of cypher's job; move to England to join husband; resuming work with Ministry of Information as lecturer and as news writer for Far Eastern Ministry of Information; returning to Australia in 1941 and job with Office of Theatre Censorship; USAFIA; decision to join WRANS and selection interview; training at Flinders Naval Depot; attitude of RANS to women joining Naval Service; accommodation during training; appointment to Office of The Naval Control Service, Brisbane; appointment to Naval Information Service, Melbourne in 1943 and description of job; promotion; leisure; rate of marriage and motherhood of ex-WRANS in post-war period; pride in service with WRANS.

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