Sylvia Mary Duffin (Molly)

Born on 7th September 1892, Sylvia Mary Duffin (Molly) received, like her siblings, a good education at an English boarding school. Her mother Maria and sisters Emma and Ruth also feature in this timeline.

At age 18, Molly continued her education in Karlsruhe in Germany, where she studied German, sculpting, music, cookery, and enjoyed the culture of the city at concerts, opera and balls.

While there, she mixed in the upper circles of German society, attending functions where the Kaiser and Kaiserina were present. However, at the weekends she also enjoyed playing in mixed hockey matches, as well as touring some of the notable places nearby.

Her diary evolves from a stilted schoolgirlish hand to a more mature, flowing writing style as she travels from Germany back to Ireland, maintaining along the way a sharp focus on national and social traits.

Researcher: Linda English

PRONI Reference for Diary: D2109/18/1 (Thanks to Mr. Michael Duffin)

Bio & Researcher's Note

Sylvia Mary Duffin (Molly) Diary Entries

29th October, 1910
It was my first glimpse of a foreign town...
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26th November, 1910
Looking like a stray Black Forest dwarf...
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10th December, 1910
Grace behaved very badly!
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29th December, 1910
We went for a glorious sleigh-drive...
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27th January, 1911
I went to a parade in front of the Schloss...
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3rd February, 1911
I had my first cookery lesson...
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5th April, 1911
Coming down by the famous Hirschgasse...
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10th May, 1911
Arrived home at last...
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18th June, 1911
Dorothy and I went for a motor-drive with the Colonel...
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25th August, 1911
The first act in Arcadia was beautifully staged...
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5th September, 1911
Climbed up to the top of Divis...
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4th October, 1911
All the bazaar people came tramping into the hall
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25th December, 1911
It is wonderful how much this family has stuck together year after year...
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4th March, 1912
Mamma, Dorothy and I went to see the Compton Comedy...
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