Fonds MC 2830 - Diaries and Papers of Kathleen and Irene Johnson of Norwich

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MC 2830

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Diaries and Papers of Kathleen and Irene Johnson of Norwich

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  • 1906-2010 (Creation)

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6 boxes

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(1906-2010)

Biographical history

Kathleen May Johnson (1911-2011) and Irene Ellen Johnson (1923-2007) were the daughters of William Horace Johnson (1882-1976) and his wife May, née Moore, both of Norwich. At the time of the 1911 census, W.H. Johnson, a Loans Society clerk, aged 29, and his wife May, aged 28, had been married for about a year and were living at 49 Lincoln Street, Norwich. William Johnson worked for the Norwich Mutual Loan Fund Society from the age of 21, becoming secretary of the society in 1926. He continued in the role until his retirement at age 79. The family was living at 'Mametz, 18 Recreation Road by 1939, and remained there until 26 August 1959, when they moved to a bungalow at 11 Meadow Rise Road, off Jessopp Road. The family also had a chalet on the coast at Mundesley.

May Johnson died on 5 November 1975 and W.H. Johnson on 2 December 1976. The two sisters continued to reside at 11 Meadow Rise Road until Irene's death on 8 July 2007, and Kathleen remained there alone until she moved into a care home (Chiswick House, at 3 Christchurch Road) in 2008.

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(1911-2011)

Biographical history

Kathleen May Johnson (1911-2011) was the daughter of William Horace Johnson (1882-1976) and his wife May, née Moore, both of Norwich. The family, including Kathleen's sister, Irene, was living at 18 Recreation Road by 1939, and remained there until 26 August 1959, when they moved to a bungalow at 11 Meadow Rise Road, off Jessopp Road. The family also had a chalet on the coast, at Mundesley.
Kathleen Johnson was a local government officer for most of her working life: she joined Norwich Corporation in 1938 as a typist and rose to become a committee clerk (the first woman to do so in Norwich Town Clerk's department). She was an active member of the local government officers' trade union, NALGO (National Association of Local Government Officers), and in 1969 became the first woman president of the Norwich branch. She retired in 1970. She enjoyed touring holidays and also cruises abroad with her sister, Irene. In retirement, she was a keen bowls player.
Kathleen and her sister continued to reside at 11 Meadow Rise Road after their parents' deaths in 1975 and 1976 and Kathleen remained there until she moved into a care home (Chiswick House, at 3 Christchurch Road) in 2008. She died there on 7 November 2011.

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(1923-2007)

Biographical history

Irene Ellen Johnson, born 13 July 1923, was the daughter of William Horace Johnson (1882-1976) and his wife May, née Moore, both of Norwich. The family, including Irene's sister, Kathleen, was living at 18 Recreation Road by 1939, and remained there until 26 August 1959, when they moved to a bungalow at 11 Meadow Rise Road, off Jessopp Road. The family also had a chalet on the coast, at Mundesley.
Irene Johnson worked as a local government officer with Norwich Corporation, in the City Architect's department. She and her sister continued to reside at 11 Meadow Rise Road after their parents' deaths in 1975 and 1976. Irene died on 8 July 2007.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 14 July 2012 (ACC 2012/82) and 18 August 2012 (ACC 2012/129). Summary catalogue created 18 July 2012 (SM). Catalogue amended and added 3 October 2014 (AL).

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Includes diaries, travel journals, correspondence, school reports, and photographs.

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