The Interesting Life of Hilda Fletcher – Part 3

By Talitha Organ Fletcher

Part 3 – The War Effort

Injuries were no excuse to not do your part during the war. Everyone had a job to do to ensure the country still functioned successfully and Hilda Fletcher (known as Hilda Morris at the time) was no exception. Read more »


Born In 1934

By Madison White

Merle was born in April of 1934, in Gordonvale, a small town outside of Cairns, Queensland. Merle’s family owned a large cane farm in Gordonvale where her father, and his father before him, worked the land. The house they lived in was built specifically for her father to live in with his family. Merle said there was only one main bedroom in the house. The three children, Merle and her brother and sister, all slept in a louvered porch. Read more »


Keith and the war won on a hay-bale.

By Jake Watson

Keith was in a Queensland hospital in 1943 when his mate suggested they join the Air Force. They were desperate for blokes to enlist, his mate said.

“I wouldn’t join them buggers,” was Keith’s reply, to which his mate informed him that if he did, he’d get to return to Melbourne, for at least a little while.

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Audrey, A Woman in the War

By Jake Watson

It is an unfortunate fact that people often overlook the great efforts of women during war times. During the Second World War, women served in many crucial roles, including overseas roles, such as in New Guinea and Singapore, as nurses, anti-aircraft gunners, mechanics, and radio operators. Not only this, but as in the case of Audrey Martin, in the Signals Corps.

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