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Interview with Melva Waterman [sound recording]
Title : Interview with Melva Waterman [sound recording] Interview with Melva Waterman [sound recording]
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Creator : Waterman, Melva, 1923-
Source : OH 326/27
Place Of Creation : South Australia
Date of creation : 1994
Additional Creator : Baron, Neil
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Melva Waterman, nee Hurrell, was born at Exeter, South Australia and grew up in Adelaide's western suburbs. After finishing primary school, Melva attended the Croydon Technical School for two years before starting factory and shop work. After the outbreak of the Second World War she was assigned to munitions work at Pope Products in Beverley. For two years she rode her bicycle to shift work at the factory as well as helping look after her future husband's younger siblings. She recalls a time management study at Pope's that led to a strike by workers. She was reassigned to General Motors Holdens' factory at Woodville for a short time before she married in 1944 and joined her husband in Port Augusta where he was working on the railways. She recalls her initial response to the makeshift town. In the 1950s, without formal training, Melva began teaching locally, and she speaks about the subsequent development of her teaching career. Melva and her husband Jack had two sons and a daughter.

Education in Port Augusta began in 1860 in an unstructured sort of way until the first public school, the Port Augusta Primary school was opened in November 1878.
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Port Augusta (S. Aust)

Coverage year : 1994
Period : 1980-2000
Place : Port Augusta
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Anderson, R. J. Solid town: the history of Port Augusta, [Port Augusta, S. Aust.]: R.J. Anderson, 1988
Port Augusta Primary School. Centenary Book Sub-Committee, Port Augusta Primary School, 1878-1978: a centenary history of education at Port Augusta Primary School, [Port Augusta: Transcontinental Newspapers, Ptrs., 1978]



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