WOMEN OF EMPIRE CANBERRA 2018

 
 

WOMEN of EMPIRE 1914-1919 takes us into the lives of around thirty of the women of Australia and New Zealand whose lives were transformed by their experiences in the First World War.


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.


WOMEN OF EMPIRE EXHIBITION is an important and evocative pop up exhibition of original WWI era costume staged by Dressing Australia - the Museum of Australian 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.


WOMEN OF EMPIRE 1914-1919 has already been seen by an estimated half-a-million people since it was launched in 2015 from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Sir Peter Jackson’s imposing Great War Exhibition at the Dominion Building in Wellington.


It has taken three years to bring the exhibition to Canberra as no support was available or offered from the ACT Government, ACT Arts or other organizations.  The cost of bringing the exhibition to Canberra has been underwritten by SEAMS OLD and we cannot forget all the gold coins donated by the public at various events.....,.


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in 2018 the new WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING EXHIBITION is coming

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nfsa canberra 6 to 14 january 2018