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Brief encounter: Erin Pizzey

The pioneer of women's refuges answers 11 questions

By Erin Pizzey   January 2017

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What is the first news/historical event you can recall?

The first historical event I can recall is boarding the last ship out of Shanghai in 1942. I was four years old. We had been captured and were held hostage before being exchanged for Japanese prisoners of war. I remember the Japanese guard who brought fruit for me and my sister every day and showed us pictures of his own children.

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