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Interview with Elva Morison
Title : Interview with Elva Morison Interview with Elva Morison
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Creator : Morison, Elva, 1897-
Source : South Australian Women's Responses to the First World War, OH 31/1
Date of creation : 1979
Additional Creator : Robertson, Beth M., 1957-
Format : Oral History
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Elva Morison, nee Harding, was living at Belair, where her father was stationmaster, and working as a shorthand typist at the outbreak of the First World War. Enthused with the idea of helping the war effort, she became involved with the Cheer-Up Society and became secretary to the Society's organiser, Alexandrine Seager.

In the segments presented here Elva describes the activities of the Society and its focal point, the Cheer-Up Hut (which stood near the Adelaide Railway Station), the development of the Returned Soldiers' Association, entertaining and feeding the servicemen from the country, her motivation to become involved with the Society, patriotism, the issue of conscription and her feelings towards the men who did not join up.

Related names :

Seager, Alexandrine

Cheer-Up Society

Period : 1914-1918
Region : Adelaide city,Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Cheer Up Society. Society records, SRG 6

Luckins, Tanja. The gates of memory : Australian people's experiences and memories of loss in the Great War, Fremantle, W.A. : Curtin University Books, 2004

McKernan, Michael. The Australian people and the Great War, West Melbourne : Nelson, 1980

Mills, Frederick J. Cheer up : a story of war work, Adelaide : Cheer-up Society, Board of Management, 1920



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