DOLLS’ HOUSES – RAISING FUNDS IN WWII

DOLLS' HOUSES -  RAISING FUNDS IN WWII

The three dolls’ houses in this story were raffled to support the Red Cross in sending comfort parcels to Australian prisoners of war. The first mentioned was constructed and designed by the Apex Club of Tasmania. The name ‘Young Bill’ was used in publicity material to represent

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WWII RATIONS & FOOD PARCELS

WWII RATIONS & FOOD PARCELS

Rations and ‘comfort parcels’ for Scottish relatives were part of Jean Nicholson’s childhood memories in wartime Sydney, when her family were living at Eastwood. This is an extract from her brief memoir of those years. Food was rationed from 1942. Mum had coupons that were exchanged for

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NELLIE BISHOP – A RELUCTANT PIONEER

NELLIE BISHOP - A RELUCTANT PIONEER

Queensland was the first Australian State to initiate  women  serving on juries. The relevant bill was passed in 1924, although those interested  had to formally indicate their desire to participate and  were not actively encouraged to do so. However, in 1942 an appeal went out in Brisbane

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Sydney’s WWII Home Front

Sydney's  WWII Home Front

It’s easy to forget just how concerned  ordinary Australians were for their safety during World War II. This was not without reason, given the bombing of Darwin and the arrival of Japanese midget submarines in Sydney Harbour.   A giant metal boom was suspended across the harbour 

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THE LITHGOW PRAM PUSHERS

THE LITHGOW PRAM PUSHERS

Dave McSorley was a  local barber in Lithgow. He was also a heavy-weight boxer, and consummate showman. He once wagered that he could clean shave  1,000 men without a break. In the end he ran out of  bristling chins, but still managed 420 shaves in 54½ hours,

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