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Offline sheppey_bottles

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Re: Women in the Dockyard
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2015, 09:58:38 »
My Grandmother`s sister, Anne Desson was a crane operator in Chatham Dockyard, there was an article in a Chatham newspaper about her many years ago but I have not seen it myself.

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Re: Women in the Dockyard
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 13:34:23 »
Hi! During my time at Lodge Hill/Chatham, lady messengers were calld 'pad girls'.
My mother, Rose Gale, worked at Lodge Hill RNAD from early 1942 until May 1944, she worked in the laboratories, ending her service as an inspector of naval ordinance.
One night the Luftwaffe was particularly active and one of mum`s pals called out to her from under a work bench "come under here Rose until the all clear goes". Mum said she could see the funny side of things even today, the bench was stacked high with cordite waiting to be bagged.

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2015, 13:03:13 »
There were also many female workers in Sheerness Dockyard in various trades, I don't think that I saw many in the Fitting Shop. I remember one who worked on checking and calibrating gauges and, one who worked the engraving machine and of course many Messenger girls who carried letters etc between Departments.
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Re: Women in the Dockyard
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2015, 22:29:40 »
Women Naval Dockyard Workers in Two 19th Century Dockyard Towns: Chatham and Plymouth.

A thesis by Joan Ryan. 2011.
Available online @ 3.7 MB.

"The study focuses on various aspects of the employment of women in the Royal Naval Dockyards of Chatham and Plymouth in the nineteenth century in order to enlarge the current body of knowledge about the lives of women workers. Through a examination of the history of the two towns and the impact of the dockyards on their inhabitants it is shown that distinctive communities evolved in these areas, with their particular version of a maritime heritage.

The dockyard workers studied here fit some but not all of the accepted theories about women's employment, in particular that they illustrated the norms of gender-defined and very low paid work, while the differences are largely connected with their unusual position in an extremely large government organisation of longstanding, overwhelmingly dominated by male workers. Women were not employed to work alongside men in traditional dockyard crafts, but operated in specific areas. The reasons for the decisions to employ women in each case are examined, together with discussion of the developing technology associated with some of these decisions. The reasons are shown to vary, mainly between labour shortages and cost-cutting.

Comparisons are made between working in commercial enterprises in rope making and in a government organisation particularly though the Report of a Royal Commission and some trades union records. The key features are size, modern equipment and labour relations.

Information has been gathered about the ages, addresses and family status of some of the women, and used to assess the composition and social position of this segment of the female workforce. It is concluded that long standing beliefs that the workforce consisted only of widows and orphans were misplaced and also that the ambivalent position of these women in their communities is further evidence of the fine gradations within the working class."

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Women in the Dockyard
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2012, 17:07:36 »
I thought the attached photo may be of interest. It shows, reputedly, the first all female electrical wiring gang for work on ships in the Dockyard. Of the three ladies marked with a cross, the middle one is my Aunt, Katie Barnard /Johns. Can anyone identify any of the other members of the gang?

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