Gateway Object: Dolly’s Story

Grainy image of Dolly Dunsby blowing out candles on her birthday cake
Dolly Dunsby admiring her gifts from the party

Who Was Dolly?

Dolly Dunsby began working at Newman Brothers at the age of 14 in 1915. She had the choice of working at a biscuit factory or Newman Brothers, but chose the latter because it paid more.

Dolly managed the Warehouse and eventually ‘the works’, giving out the day’s jobs to the polishers. However, Dolly had to fight to get her job as Warehouse manager. Despite having had worked for Newman Brothers for 30 years, Dolly wasn’t offered the job when it first became available. She felt so strongly that ‘she fought her corner’ with Horace Newman and eventually got the job. She continued in this role for another 30 years, retiring at the age of seventy-five in 1975.

A 75th Birthday

Dolly’s 75th birthday was in 1975. At this stage she had worked at Newman Brothers’ for 62 years! Here, Dolly is celebrating that birthday with other Newman Brothers’ staff including Dai Davies.

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