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Canadian War Brides (1 of 14)
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AB_CANADIAN_WAR_BRIDES_01
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Melynda Jarratt
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1097
KEYWORDS
Second World War
World War II
2nd World War
audios

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In July 2009, Melynda Jarratt, the leading expert on Canadian War Brides, gave a talk on her subject at Dingwall Library. She was accompanied by Zoe Boone, a Canadian War Bride from Aberdeen. In this audio extract Melynda gives some background information.

'I've spent 20 years working on war brides' history; I started out in 1987 when I started working on my Masters Degree in history at the University of New Brunswick and, you know, I have always said that I was inspired to write about war brides by a Scottish war bride and I've always had a special place in my heart for Scottish people, in general, because my family have Scottish roots, but also just because of that one lady I met that day and her name was Jenny Langen. And I was so much inspired by her story of overcoming adversity and loneliness and isolation in rural New Brunswick in 1946. Alone, a young woman coming to a foreign country, meeting strangers - the in-laws and the out-laws as I say - and she over, she had a spunk - there was something about her and I think it's something very unique to Scottish women. And maybe it's this tenacity, it's this, you know, rural, growing up in a rural, mainly rural area which is much like the province of New Brunswick and the rest of Canada, but it wasn't such a shock for them to come to New Brunswick.

And, as Mrs Boone will explain to us later, from her own personal experience, she certainly did have a culture shock and that was coming from Aberdeen - a city of what, 225 or 50 thousand people in 1946 to Rowena, New Brunswick, population 100. Twelve houses on a dirt road at the end of an Indian reserve. And, let me tell you, you want to talk about culture shock, that's what she experienced, but so did Jenny Langen and Jenny inspired me. But I was also inspired too because I'd spent the last three years working in the North Shore Regimental Museum in Bathurst, New Brunswick, which is the north-eastern part of the province; it's a bilingual area - French and English - and many of the men who had worked there I got a chance to meet them and I did get a chance to meet some of those war brides too. I don't know if any of you have ever heard of the North Shore Regiment but they were, they landed on the shores of St-Aubin-sur-Mer on D-Day and they're a many-storied regiment with, with, of which we have great pride in from our city and our province. And so, having worked with the North Shore Regimental Museum, and knowing that I wanted to write about women, I was conflicted, but when I met Jenny Langen I was inspired by this Scottish lady and then there, there it was - history was made. So I've been writing about history, about Canadian war brides ever since.'

Melynda Jarratt lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She has been researching Canadian War Brides since 1987 when she began working on her thesis at the University of New Brunswick. She has published various books on the subject including 'War Brides (2007) and 'Captured Hearts' (2008).

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Canadian War Brides (1 of 14)

2000s

Second World War; World War II; 2nd World War; audios

Am Baile

Am Baile: Canadian War Brides

In July 2009, Melynda Jarratt, the leading expert on Canadian War Brides, gave a talk on her subject at Dingwall Library. She was accompanied by Zoe Boone, a Canadian War Bride from Aberdeen. In this audio extract Melynda gives some background information.<br /> <br /> 'I've spent 20 years working on war brides' history; I started out in 1987 when I started working on my Masters Degree in history at the University of New Brunswick and, you know, I have always said that I was inspired to write about war brides by a Scottish war bride and I've always had a special place in my heart for Scottish people, in general, because my family have Scottish roots, but also just because of that one lady I met that day and her name was Jenny Langen. And I was so much inspired by her story of overcoming adversity and loneliness and isolation in rural New Brunswick in 1946. Alone, a young woman coming to a foreign country, meeting strangers - the in-laws and the out-laws as I say - and she over, she had a spunk - there was something about her and I think it's something very unique to Scottish women. And maybe it's this tenacity, it's this, you know, rural, growing up in a rural, mainly rural area which is much like the province of New Brunswick and the rest of Canada, but it wasn't such a shock for them to come to New Brunswick.<br /> <br /> And, as Mrs Boone will explain to us later, from her own personal experience, she certainly did have a culture shock and that was coming from Aberdeen - a city of what, 225 or 50 thousand people in 1946 to Rowena, New Brunswick, population 100. Twelve houses on a dirt road at the end of an Indian reserve. And, let me tell you, you want to talk about culture shock, that's what she experienced, but so did Jenny Langen and Jenny inspired me. But I was also inspired too because I'd spent the last three years working in the North Shore Regimental Museum in Bathurst, New Brunswick, which is the north-eastern part of the province; it's a bilingual area - French and English - and many of the men who had worked there I got a chance to meet them and I did get a chance to meet some of those war brides too. I don't know if any of you have ever heard of the North Shore Regiment but they were, they landed on the shores of St-Aubin-sur-Mer on D-Day and they're a many-storied regiment with, with, of which we have great pride in from our city and our province. And so, having worked with the North Shore Regimental Museum, and knowing that I wanted to write about women, I was conflicted, but when I met Jenny Langen I was inspired by this Scottish lady and then there, there it was - history was made. So I've been writing about history, about Canadian war brides ever since.'<br /> <br /> Melynda Jarratt lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She has been researching Canadian War Brides since 1987 when she began working on her thesis at the University of New Brunswick. She has published various books on the subject including 'War Brides (2007) and 'Captured Hearts' (2008).<br /> <br /> Find out more about the <A HREF=" http://www.canadianwarbrides.com/"target="_blank">Canadian War Brides</A>