Doing Their Bit: Australian Women and Children on the Home Front, World War Two
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 78 pages
Author: R. Blum
Publisher: Ron Blum
Much has been written about those who wont overseas during World War II, to fight in Europe and the Pacific area, but much less about the women and children who were left behind to "do their bit"to win the war.
Although those in Australia did not suffer the miseries and privations endured by their cousins overseas, there was always fear that their loved ones might not return. With food and other shortages and the threat of invasion from the Japanese, their efforts went to a new level. 'Doing their Bit'is their story.
Prior to WWII, women were restricted to medical work, but as the war progressed the need to free up men or the warzones saw the introduction of women's auxiliaries to expand the Army, Navy and Air Force. Dedicates chapters to each of these armed services is included as is the Women's Land Army and other groups.
The author also covers the Cheer-Up Society, the Royal Naval Friendly Union, the Schools Patriotic Fund, the Girl Guides and other patriotic groups.
The Cheer-Up Society
The S.P.F. Hostel
S.P.F. Schools Patriotic Fund
Wartime School Days (the author's memories)
R.N.F.U. Royal Naval Friendly Union
Girl Guides Thrift Campaign
F.F.C.F. Fighting Forces Comfort Fund
The Red Cross at Home
For a Good Cause (War-time fund-raising)
C.W.A. Country Women's Association
Women in Munitions
A.W.L.A. Australian Women's Land Army
A.W.A.S. Australian Women's Army Service
W.R.A.N.S. Women's Royal Australian Naval Service
W.A.T.C. Women's Air Training Corps
W.A.A.A.F. Women's Australian Auxiliary Air Force
Radar Stations & the 'Doover' at No.10
SA Women's Great War Effort (1945 article from The Advertiser')
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