Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands
Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands

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Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands

2.3 Activity 1: Flora Macdonald

temp – ground stewardess – office manager – accountant

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Flora Macdonald

Flora Macdonald has worked in several jobs that reflected the breadth of the oil economy. Early on in her career she was a ground stewardess at Aberdeen and Stansted airports. In Aberdeen, she saw the increased traffic and new business opportunities accompanying the oil industry.

In a diverse career, Flora enjoyed participating in an exciting new entrepreneurial arena, which appealed to an ‘impetuous’ side of her character. As a young temp she once threw a typewriter off a desk and walked out of her job. However, Flora's experience of the ups and downs in support companies also points to an equally impetuous process of economic development. She speaks candidly about opportunism in politics, the economy, and in business.

As attention centred on the potential of oil, other industries became disinvested of their importance. Flora now works as an accountant for a fishing company in Aberdeen at a time when the survival of this traditional industry is increasingly precarious.

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Flora Macdonald at Aberdeen airport, circa 1970
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© Owen Logan
‘Where has all the money gone?’ Flora Macdonald, Aberdeen airport, 2004
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