OK, I admit, I was naughty when I posted that ‘Wordless Wednesday’ picture. I kept
wordless shtum about who the ‘girl announcer’ was, though many of you guessed…
But I did promise to reveal all on Trove Tuesday, so – ta-daaaaaa -
Here she is!
I was thrilled to find this article about young Patricia Delaney in the Muswellbrook Chronicle of Friday, 18th February, 1944 and in other local newspapers across NSW and Victoria. It must have been syndicated.
I must say that my mother’s ‘confessions’ about life at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation are quite tame, but that’s papers for you, always looking for a sensational headline.
It’s wonderful to come across this piece, thanks to the genealogists’ treasure that is Trove. Although her words would have been tidied up for the published interview, I can hear her voice when I read this article, as if nearly 70 years had melted away. I think I can also hear her comments about being called a ‘girl announcer’, too, though it was a big achievement to be a female cadet at the ABC at the time.
This is a precious find for me. Thank you, National Library of Australia.