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Old Government House

QUT Gardens Point

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Brisbane, QLD 4000

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Brisbane Women Peace Activists from 1914- 1939

A Panel Discussion Drawing Links Between WW1 and the 21st Century


SPEAKERS

  • Dr Deborah Jordan - WILPF historian on women's role in negotiating the end of WW1,
  • Larissa Waters - Former politician on the role (or not) of Parliament in declaring war
  • Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer - Griffith University Associate-Professor on the relationship of this topic to the work of women peace activists of today.


To be opened by Dr Mary Crawford, the afternoon will also be the occasion of the launch of an associated booklet featuring key Brisbane women who were active in the opposition to WW1 and/or the two referendums on conscription for overseas service held in 1916 and 1917.

Refreshments wil be provided.

The event is free, however note that BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL


The event is brought to you by the WILPF Queensland branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the oldest women's peace organisation in Australia (www.wilpf.org.au) and the Brisbane City Council Community History Grants Program.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUPPORTING PROJECT

Some important Brisbane women spoke for peace during World War One.

WILPF recently received a grant from the Brisbane City Council History Grants Program to undertake historical research and write the story of the women who formed and participated in the peace organisations in Brisbane from 1915 to 1939. This research has now formed the basis for online and print publication. Our historian, Dr Deb Jordan undertook an accompanying blog with details of the research.

The Brisbane branch of the Women’s Peace Army (WPA) was formed in November 1915. The Brisbane minute books and other records such as correspondence and copies of speeches do not seem to have survived. Newspaper reports are available through TROVE. We believe that there is an as yet untapped source of material in other institutions such as the National Archives.

The Brisbane community, at this time, was divided on the issue of conscription. In 1917 when Adela Pankhurst from the national WPA toured Queensland, she caused a sensation when she spoke against conscription to crowds in Brisbane. Many other significant women were involved in peace activism up until 1939; including those deeply concerned about child victims of war and active internationally through Save the Children. A further group of prominent women, such as Brisbane woman Margaret Thorpe, became involved in international relations and the League of Nations.

When these women are included in our histories, we will have the basis for creative ways of sharing our history, and increasing public awareness of local history and heritage.

The Brisbane Women PeaceMakers were celebrated posthumously as WILPF Peacewomen at an event on 8 October 2017.

This project has been proudly funded by the Brisbane History Grants Program 2016-17 from Brisbane City Council.

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