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Female involvement in civic life during wartime features regularly in the files. Women were heavily involved in patriotic funds and movements but also are present as businesswomen, council employees and jobseekers, as well as among those who headed to the front and those that lost their lives in the war.

Digital Resources

Letter from Miss C Squire
Further letter with regard to Employment and referring to money voted by the British Government
Letter from Australian Women's National League
Stating meeting to arrange for the encouragement of recruiting will not be held
Letter from Miss L Hadden
Requesting use of room on 1st floor for few weeks for Carnival on 17th April in aid of the Belgian Fund Training House for Girls
Letter from Miss Stella A M Turnbull
Application for clerical position
Letter from National Council of Women of Victoria
Application for refund of rent re paid for use of Town Hall on 18th January 1916
Letter from City Electrical Engineer
Application for position female Assistant Clerk
Letter from Miss Ethel Rove
Application for clerical employment
Letter from Secretary, Womens Brigade and Battallion Depots
Application for use of Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 18th October 1916 for Conscription Meeting for Women
Letter from National Referendum Council
Forwarding cheque for £10- deposit against damages to Hall at Womens' Meeting on 23rd inst
Letter from Mrs E Warren
Applying on behalf of the National Red Cross of West and North Melbourne, for use of room at North Melbourne Town Hall on Monday evenings
Letter from Motor Drivers, etc.
Protesting against granting of a licence to a woman

Site-wide information and acknowledgements

This eMelbourne feature was curated by Professor Andrew J. May and Nicole Davis, with research assistance from Nick Coyne. Financial and in-kind support was provided by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, and Public Record Office Victoria.

Special Thanks to: History Program, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Thanks to: Helen Morgan (eScholarship Research Centre), Daniel Wilksch (Public Record Office Victoria) and John Lycette (Lycette Bros.)
The University of Melbourne Public Record Office Victoria