Dora Ellis was born in 1929 on Catherine Street in Cathays. She has lived and worked in Cardiff all her life.

In those days you used to have to pay to go to high school. If it had been my brother he would have gone but my parent s wouldn't pay for me. When I was in school I never came lower than first. The teachers thought I should have gone on. The teacher came over to my house and actually offered to pay for my tuition fees. Still my parents wouldn't let me go. It was a waste really.