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Female roof watcher in asbestos hood and gloves for fire fighting
Title : Female roof watcher in asbestos hood and gloves for fire fighting Female roof watcher in asbestos hood and gloves for fire fighting
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Source : Davies, Natalia, PRG 925/13/33
Date of creation : ca. 1943
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

A member of the Defence Society on the roof of the Duncan Building in Adelaide wearing an asbestos hood and gloves ready for fire fighting practice.

The Defence Society was founded in South Australia in 1933 by Natalia Davies. By the commencement of World War II, the Society had a membership of 130, mainly women.

'From 1940 ... evening classes on first aid, home nursing, motor engineering, elementary electrical work and fire drill [were held]. ... the society taught hundreds of women to shoot and maintain a rifle. In 1942, after Japan entered the war, classes extended to pistol shooting, map-reading and unarmed defence. Each night members went on duty at a roof-watching post in the city'.[Australian Dictionary of Biography Online: Davies, Natalia (Nat) (1907 - 1951)]

Related names :

Defence Society (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Period : 1939-1945
Place : Adelaide
Further reading :

Beaumont, Joan (ed.) Australia's war, 1939-1945, St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1996

Bolt, Andrew Our home front 1939-1945, Melbourne: Wilkinson Books, c1995

Clark, Rosemary The home front: life in Australia during World War II, Melbourne: Australia Post, 1991

The Home front family album: remembering Australia 1939-1945, introduction by Nancy Keesing, Sydney: Weldon, 1991

McKernan, Michael All in! : Australia during the second world war, Melbourne, Vic.: Nelson, 1983

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