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Interview with Rita Blythe

Interview with Rita Blythe. [Sound recording] [Special Collections]

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Interview with Rita Blythe by John Clements.

Rita Blythe talks about her education and the beginnings of her association with Mount House Station.

Rita recalls meeting Doug Blythe in Perth the year she graduated with a teaching degree. After a significant engagement period, they were married in 1942. She recalls being separated from Doug immediately after their marriage - white women were evacuated from the Kimberley due to fears of Japanese invasion.

Rita recalls travelling to Mount House, including staying in Port Hedland the day after it was fired upon by Japanese soldiers. She also talks about life on the station, particularly her role as a sort of liaison with the Aboriginal women living on the station and expresses some disappointment about the state of Mount House Station after the Blythe family sold the property.

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

Date: 15 August 1985
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Other Information: This recording was originally made on a 5 inch (13 centimetre) reel to reel tape.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 files : 35 MB
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/54790
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