Women of Empire 1914-1918 takes us into the lives of around 30 Anzac women whose lives were transformed by their experiences in the First World War. Exhibiting in Australia & New Zealand.
Women of Empire 1914-1918 takes you 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 at home 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. The Women of Empire exhibition takes some of these women and fleshes out their stories in original costume of the era.
This is an important and evocative pop up exhibition of original First World War-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.