Fox, Frederick (1 of 19) An Oral History of British Fashion
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2003-09-15, 2003-10-27, 2003-11-28, 2004-03-03, 2004-06-14
Fox, Frederick 1931-2013 (speaker, male)
Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)
Part 1: Frederick Fox [FF] Birthplace Wogga Wogga, New South Wales; details. Father’s various farming and business interests. Description of the Fox family’s Irish background. Remarks about familial gambling habit. Fox grandparents, grandmother Scottish. Mentions sister Jeanie, uncle Tressle Ashton McVeigh Fox. FF the second youngest of 9 children; remarks about other siblings. Wealthy maternal grandfather [Edwin Joseph] Elliott for whom FF’s father worked. Explanation of ‘jackeroo’. Parents’ elopement and effect on Ruby May’s (FF’s mother) relationship with her parents. Ruby’s character. Description of FF’s family life; Christmas festivities in hot weather; remarks on lack of modern conveniences. Description of local town life in Urana where father had a barber shop and brought friends home for lunch. Description of home. FF went to live with uncle [Victor] and aunt [Vera]. Parents were Roman Catholics; religious conflicts with aunt V: details. FF’s sisters Dorothy (Dottie) and Irene also went to live with V and V. Description of aunt’s cruelty towards FF and Dottie. Aunt’s dependency on FF. Her insistence that FF learn a musical instrument. Uncle a farm manager: details. Comments on FF’s relationship with parents and aunt V. Age differences between FF and eldest sister [Lorna]. Reflects on childhood experiences. Comments on closeness to sisters Jeanie, Irene and Dottie despite not having lived in Australia for 44 years.
Life story interview with Frederick Fox (1931-2013), milliner.