BRACERS Record Detail
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Document is Miss Mary Bailey's (now Mrs. Farrell) statement.
Bailey was the art mistress at Beacon Hill School, starting there in October 1931, and soon after BR left for America. She states that Harriet was born and Roderick was on his way during this time and she did not know that these weren't BR's children until Griffin Barry stayed with Dora, after BR had left, and Harriet called him Daddy.
Bailey mentions meeting Patricia for the first time beginning the January term in 1932, though Patricia did not have school duties. Bailey also mentions meeting Paul Gillard, a friend of Griffin's, the day before Christmas, while BR was away, and immediately disliking him.
Bailey details information about the staff of Beacon Hill. "I understand that in August the negotiations between Dora and Bertrand as to their children John and Kate began with discussion as to whether the school was to go on and whether the children would stay there. Barry was staying there and was in favour of a divorce. In December 1932 when the terms of the separation deed were being arranged, and it had been agreed that the children should remain at the school, Barry went to America for two years."
Bailey states that while Gillard was staying in the cottage he and Dora would go out every evening.
Record last modified 2016/02/18
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