Letter, Vera Bedborough (England) to Stanley White (Mataura, New Zealand); Bedbo...

Name/Title

Letter, Vera Bedborough (England) to Stanley White (Mataura, New Zealand)

About this object

Letter from Vera Bedborough (South Ealing, England) to Stanley White (Mataura, New Zealand) dated 24 November 1943. This letter has a unique back story. As a teenager during World War Two, Stanley White worked at the Mataura Freezing Works. One of Stan's jobs was to pack lambs' livers in tin billies. The billies were then boxed, frozen and exported to England. For fun Stan wrote his name and address on a piece of paper and added 'please write to me'. He then slipped this note between the cellophane that covered the livers and the lid of the tins.

This letter is one of the many replies that Stan received from England. The sender, Miss Vera Bedborough worked in South Ealing, London. Vera starts the letter with the liver story and thanks Stan and his workmates for sending food to England. She tells Stan how the staff at her shop has been reduced from 13 to 4 as a result of war service. She refers to war rationing and ends by inviting Stan to write back to her.

Maker

Bedborough, Vera (Miss)

Maker Role

Letter writer

Date Made

24.11.1943

Place Made

UK, England, London, Ealing

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper

Measurements

Envelope
h 100mm x w 120mm
small

Subject and Association Keywords

industry/mataura freezing works

Subject and Association Keywords

industry/mataura freezing works/employees

Subject and Association Keywords

military/world war two

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

document

Object number

MT2013.12.2

Rights

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