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Noel K Hunnybun
« on: Saturday 14 September 19 15:03 BST (UK) »
I am editing my parents wartime correspondence and my father frequently mentions the well-known Social Worker, Noel K Hunnybun. I am desperately searching for a photograph of this lady. I have articles and pamphlets by her, but no photo. If anyone can help -I'd be most grateful.

She was born about 1880 and worked at The Tavistock Clinic (no help).

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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 14 September 19 16:40 BST (UK) »
I wonder if this is her birth

Births Mar 1890   
Hunnybun    Noel Kathleen        Huntingdon    3b   270

Ten years later than your suggested date.

Did she marry but use her maiden name for work purposes?
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 14 September 19 16:51 BST (UK) »
Many thanks. No, I don't think she was married, but if she was, she used the name Nöel Kathleen Hunnybun in all her professional work. What I have managed to find out about her is:

Noël Kathleen Hunnybun (1889/90-1984) was an early trained psychiatric social worker: one of a group of five selected for a Commonwealth Fund scholarship in 1927 for training in the USA at the New York School of Social Work. She had gained valuable experience working as an assistant for the London County Council’s School Care Committees.

Pre-war she was very active in the child guidance movement and in the development of her professional association, the Association of Psychiatric Social Workers. She gives a frank account of her work on evacuation of children from London during the Second World War followed by a spell placing children in homes. The many war time privations are taken in her stride.

Then post-war she was engaged by John Bowlby as his senior social worker at the Tavistock Clinic and this led to her being a major force in academic and practice teaching. When money is needed to launch a new course she simply writes to “a millionaire I met in America”.

She wrote about her work and regularly submitted material for publication. There is an impressive list of pamphlets and articles to her credit in the 1940’s and 50’s and her co-authored The Caseworker’s Use of Relationships, first published in 1962 and then re-issued, was read by at least two generations of students. Several interviewees comment on the importance of the Social Casework in Britain book edited by Cherry Morris and published in 1950 and it is interesting to note, in terms of Hunnybun’s influence and powers of persuasion, that she claims to have “instigated” the book: a very believable claim in that she had published a chapter on Psychiatric Social Work in Great Britain in a collection edited by J. R. Rees the previous year.

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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 14 September 19 17:12 BST (UK) »
Photo of her gravestone can be viewed here

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175118520

GRO's version of her name

HUMMYBUN, NOEL  KATHLEEN     WOODLEY 
GRO Reference: 1890  M Quarter in HUNTINGDON  Volume 03B  Page 270

Have you thought about tracing relatives to see if any of them have a photo of her?
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire


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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 14 September 19 17:16 BST (UK) »
She evidently worked in France during WW1 for the British Red Cross.  Have you thought about contacting the archives dept. to see if they can help?

https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/our-history/museum-and-archives
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 14 September 19 17:22 BST (UK) »
Hi two possible voyages for her 23rd September 1927 Liverpool to New York on Vessel Corinthia occ Spinster
Addeess Old Court Hall, Godmanchester

27th Sept 1933 Southampton to New York Vessel Majestic occ Social, address 110, Elm Tree Mansions London NW8
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Pelly/Pelley/Kingsbury/Challis/Nalder/Rochester/Raydenbow

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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 14 September 19 17:28 BST (UK) »
All good suggestions. I haven't found any relatives, but no doubt there are.

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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 14 September 19 17:38 BST (UK) »
According to the 1911 Noel was one of eight children.

It would be a laborious task but you could try tracing descendants of her siblings.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Noel K Hunnybun
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 14 September 19 17:38 BST (UK) »
 :) Her parents were Gerald & Lucy, Gerald a Solicitor with many siblings of Noel in Godmanchester 1901 Census ref  RG13/1475/120/3
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