Betty, a descendant of the Henty family of early settlers in Victoria, Australia, received her primary and secondary education at a Melbourne school called Ruyton.
On leaving school she did kindergarten training with the Free Kindergarten Union of Victoria and taught in kindergartens in Collingwood, Richmond and Port Melbourne, which are all inner suburbs of Melbourne and were at that time working class. After a period of travel and then retraining as an accounting machine operator she returned to kindergarten teaching at Fintona Girls' School.
Margaret Cunningham, the then owner and head mistress of Fintona, inteviewed Betty and immediately offered her a job. Betty went on to become the mistress-in-charge of the junior school, a position that was held in addition to duties as a classroom teacher. Later she re-trained at the University of Queensland and Deakin University before taking on what she described as her most satisfying role, which was in remedial education.
Betty is remembered by those she taught, and those she taught with, as a very kind person. This release was made as a tribute.
In this recording Betty recalls her life in teaching. Her words are accompanied by a voice-over because her voice was affected by motor neurone disease when the interviews were conducted.
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This Release should be cited as: Henty-Wilson B, Henty-Wilson J, Danne E & Lush M (2007). Betty Henty-Wilson, A Life In Primary School Education. Fintona Oral History Group Release 1, http://www.fintonahistory.com.au
Audio file: Betty_Henty_Wilson_32bit.mp3
Size: 5.2 mb
First released: 15 Nov 2007 Updated: 2010
Description: Ms Betty Henty-Wilson Interview
Duration: 23 minutes
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Click on the picture for a larger image. Photos: Henty-Wilson family and Fintona
Early life, circa 1930's & 40's
Life at Fintona
Life after Fintona