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Interview with Jean Iles

Interview with Jean Iles. [Sound recording] [Special Collections]

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Interview with Jean Iles by John Clements, recorded in Darlington, Western Australia.

Jean Iles talks about her life and her responsibilities. As the wife of the Protector of Natives of Kalgoorlie she supplied meals to natives in police protection, was in charge of sick natives, searched female prisoners and looked after children of broken families.

Jean worked in the Fremantle Prison's Female Division (Women's Prison), becoming Matron, later Superintendent and was also a Justice of the Peace.

Jean transferred to Bandyup Women's Prison when the Women's Prison closed and became the first female superintendent of a women's prison in Western Australia. She describes the changes in attitudes from punishment to rehabilitation.

This sound recording is part of the John Clements Oral History Collection.

Date: 22 October 1983
Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: John Clements Oral History Collection
Copyright: Murdoch University
Other Information: This recording was originally made on a 5 inch (13 centimetre) reel to reel tape.
Notes: 1 digital file : 77 MB
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/54424
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