Violet Austin (1910-1983): Politics, Protest & Class

The only mention of political issues in Violet Austin’s autobiography is her memory of the 1926 General Strike, which was an act to prevent wage reduction. She recalls how the local community banded together to help each other and how the students of Eton College drove buses. However she does not say she was dramatically affected by the strike, suggesting that she was not interested in politics or that it was not something often discussed in her family. There is no mention of which party she or her parents voted for in general elections suggesting farther that she was not interested in politics or greatly affected by it.

Slough has most commonly been represented by Labour throughout history. Though at the time Austin was growing up it was not affiliated with a political party.

Eton College
Eton College

 

Austin, Violet, ‘Untitled’, Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography, University of Brunel Library, Special Collection, 2:22

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