Our guest speaker this month is Katie Wood, historian and senior archivist at the University of Melbourne Archives who is currently researching women in the metal trades. The title of Katie’s talk is Pioneer Girls and Flappers: Australia’s early female munitions workers.
During World War Two, tens of thousands of Australian women found work in the munitions industry in a period when women’s industrial employment was regarded as a novelty. The stories of our mothers, aunts or grandmothers’ exploits in the new-found freedom of waged work, or the danger and monotony of the factory are a part of our family histories. What many don’t realise is that women’s work in munitions began far earlier, all the way back to the 1880s, when hundreds of young women worked at the Colonial Ammunition Company in Footscray. Their story is a rollicking tale of explosions and strikes, politics, picnics and more.
The business part of the meeting will follow Katie’s presentation.
You are welcome to join us for lunch at Larte Central Cafe at 12.30 pm or just the meeting at 2 pm. Or, you can Zoom in by contacting Eileen <firstname.lastname@example.org> for a link.
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