Betty’s office work at Reid and Welsh Woollen Mill

Betty left school at 15 and went to Websters College in Elgin to learn shorthand, typing, bookkeeping and office administration. Her first job was at Reid and Welsh where she worked for the next 14 years. She earned £3 a week. She went on to work as a confidential secretary for the council. Her boss would use a dictaphone if he needed a letter. He used to work at home sometimes and then bring in 3 tapes at once. That was a lot of work. There were no computers just electric typewriters. The most useful skill was shorthand typing.

Memory contributed by Betty, Lossiemouth

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