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One of the stories from the NQR:
"Lillian Head and her mother and aunts ran a 'sweat shop' in the back of their house in Petersham Sydney, where they stitched up vests (illegally) for extra cash. With the remains and spare suiting they made 'depression' waggas from the tailors' samples and off cuts. These were made together with her mother, grandmother and her aunts from the 1920's through to the 1940's." " 'The backroom of our house was turned into a sewing room with two sewing machines. We used to go to Blackmore's Tailors near St. Peters (Sydney) and pick up pre-cut men's vests, which we took home to sew. The tailor often gave us swatches and offcuts from which we produced waggas - we gave many..."
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