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In a State of War: The Experiences of Civilian Women on the South Australia

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University of Adelaide, Napier Building, Room G04, North Terrace

LOT 1207 North Terrace

Adelaide, SA 5000

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Rachel Harris explores the experiences of civilian women in South Australia during World War II, especially focusing on women in munitions.

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Many South Australians would have a mother or grandmother who had worked in a wartime industry in South Australia during World War II. This talk is for those who want to know more about what it would have been like to be a woman on the South Australian home front. Rachel will discuss women’s employment in Adelaide’s munitions factories, including Salisbury and Hendon, and the experiences of women who worked in country areas as part of the Australian Women’s Land Army. She will also give some idea of the vast range of voluntary activities that women undertook between 1939-45, including the efforts of Cheer Up volunteers. Finally, she will look at how the lives of Adelaide women were changed when American troops arrived in 1942, as well as the suspicion that followed women from South Australia’s German and Italian communities and the significant hardship they faced as a result of the internment of their husbands, brothers and sons.

Biography: Rachel Harris is a recently completed PhD candidate from the Department of History, University of Adelaide. Her thesis explores women’s lives in South Australia, 1939–45.

This talk is in the Napier Building Room G04 (ground level), University of Adelaide. Doors open 5.30 for a 6pm start. The event should finish before 7:30.

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University of Adelaide, Napier Building, Room G04, North Terrace

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