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Women of Empire 1914-1919
1 November, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 22 November, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Women with medical training – doctors, nurses, masseuses – joined the men on warships, at Gallipoli, in Egypt and on the Western Front. Women with guts and determination drove ambulances, became cooks and orderlies, red cross aides or motor cycle messengers.
Less well known are the experiences of those who stayed on the home front and replaced the men on farms, in banks and offices or did voluntary work making comforts and clothing for the troops or raised money for the women and children of Europe displaced by the war raging around them. And, of course, the army of women who kept businesses, farms and households afloat whilst their menfolk were away.
THIS IS HER STORY. WOMEN OF EMPIRE EXHIBITION takes some of these women and fleshes out their stories in original costume of the era.
Women in uniform, working women, women campaigning against conscription, women fundraising, women in mourning.
An exhibition that is 2017 is still the only exhibition in the world that is dedicated solely to the women of the First World War for not all heroes wore khaki in the First World War.
WOMEN OF EMPIRE EXHIBITION is an important and evocative pop up exhibition of original WWI era costume staged by Dressing Australia – the Museum of Costume. These significant pieces have been selected from the Dressing Australia Museum of Costume Collection one of the most extensive and important collections of period and vintage costume in Australasia.
In May 2018 the sequel ‘WOMEN OF EMPIRE – THE HOMECOMING’ will be launched (visit www.womenofempirehomecoming.com). An exhibition that explores the lives of women at the end of the First World War. Those that returned from service overseas, the women who nursed in the flu epidemic of 1918, those who took up ‘soldier settlement’, the women who were left single because of the loss of so many young men and the wives of the men who returned and were ‘never the same again’.
Already this unique Australian developed exhibition has been seen by an estimated half-a-million people in Australia and New Zealand in venues ranging from small halls in a country town to major museums such as Sir Peter Jackson ‘s Great War Museum in Wellington.