CollectionBridgit Bond Papers
Collection Description1 archival box of the papers of Bridgit Bond, civil rights activist, Derry, 1970-1976. There are also numerous printed papers included in this collection dealing with the Northern Ireland Civil Rights' Association.
DescriptionFolder 25:
A 6 page Northern Ireland Civil Rights' Association survey of internees' families, which includes a short section on the wives of internees with statistics from 14 women regarding their experiences, for instance, the number of days they waited for benefits, loss of weight, taking tablets for nerves or depression, etc. The survey also notes, for example, that 'Mrs. T. had problems with her family which covered nearly all the ways in which we found children to suffer. There were six children ranging from three years to eleven years. Mrs T. had an 'incurable disease' and needed help in the house. Since her husband had been interred (prior to that he had been unemployed) the two older children had taken it week and week about to stay off school and help mind the house. ...The three younger children have difficulty getting to sleep and wake frequently during the night. This was is to be because of a fear of soldiers 'who often walk through the house at night...The two youngest girls have also started wetting their beds since the father was interred.
Mrs. T. has not called in her G.P. as he refused to help the family when Mr. T was 'lifted'', no date.
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Repository NameTower Museum, Derry-Londonderry
AddressUnion Hall Place Derry-Londonderry
UK Postal CodeBT48 6LU
Telephone+44 28-7137-2411
Repository Web Address
CommentStaff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list. Due to time constraints not all items in this repository were examined individually.

We are grateful for the assistance of Bernadette Walsh in updating the entries from the original Directory.