• Sophie Chessell, Harriet Elvin and Niki Francis

    Sophie Chessell, Harriet Elvin and Niki Francis

  • Veronica Wensing, Petronella Wensing and Elizabeth Reid

    Veronica Wensing, Petronella Wensing and Elizabeth Reid

  • Anne Buttsworth and Patricia Clarke

    Anne Buttsworth and Patricia Clarke

Canberra Women in World War I Launch @ CMAG

17 December 2015

Canberra Women in World War I: Community at Home and Nurses Abroad was officially launched by Gai Brodtman at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, adding local stories from extensive research to the project of the National Foundation of Australian Women as part of the Australian Women’s Archive Project.

Funded as part of local grants from the Anzac Centenary programs this comprehensive and fascinating collection of stories and photos is now online. It’s an interesting look back at the early days of Canberra with stories of 17 women at home and 12 nurses abroad. And it’s not all about knitting socks and writing letters to the troops or rallying for – and against conscription but traces the women of Canberra and the district who did what they could for the war effort.

The nurses hitched their skirts and went boldly to the nightmares of various theatres of war, Miles Franklin among them, while at home the saddest part of the stories is from what was called the Molonglo Concentration Camp at Fyshwick.

In the writing of Canberra’s early history it is commendable that this project has delved into a formidable array of archival material, the result is a collection of stories to connect us with our past.