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Re:sound #77: The Edna Lavilla Show

This hour: a closely guarded family secret and the hidden history of long-deceased grandmother.

2007 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: a closely guarded family secret and the hidden history of long-deceased grandmother.

The Search for Edna Lavilla
by Sharon Davis and Eurydice Aroney, with Russell Stapleton ( Radio Eye , ABC, 2007)
In 1942, Edna Lavilla Haynes died from a backyard abortion. After her death Edna was never mentioned again. More than 60 years later, Edna's granddaughter looks for clues and embarks on a search that leads through police files and government records and down Sydney's back alleys of the 1940s, where one in four pregnancies ended in abortion and sometimes death.

"The Search for Edna Lavilla" won a Best Documentary: Honorable Mention award in the 2007 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis is an award-winning freelance documentary producer and journalist who has worked in radio, television and print.

Eurydice Aroney

Eurydice Aroney is an independent radio documentary producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where she hosted and produced a range of radio shows.

Russell Stapleton

Russell Stapleton is a sound engineer, producer and composer working for ABC Radio National.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.


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