Private Papers of Mrs D Joyce

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  • Documents.9789
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  • whole: 1 file
private papers

History note

Catalogue date 2000-12-14

History note

Cataloguer AAM

Content description

Ts account (270pp), written circa 1974, of her experiences while interned in Stanley camp, Hong Kong between December 1941 and August 1945, based on her diaries and a double bed sheet that she embroidered with 1100 names and other details during her period of internment. The memoir describes the overcrowding in the camp, the often inedible and insufficient food and the continual hunger, the physical and mental effects on the internees of these conditions, the deterioration in her own appearance and the various illnesses from which she suffered; and her assessment of how her internment influenced her attitudes in later life. She had been working for the Colonial Educational Service in Hong Kong from March 1940 up to the colony's surrender to the Japanese in December 1941. Together with a small collection of family photographs.

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