Queensland Women and War research project

QANZAC100In July 2018, the State Library of Queensland awarded me a research fellowship for my project, “Queensland women and war: a multicultural perspective of the experiences of female civilians during World War II”.

For the project I am seeking to capture and record the lived experiences of women in Australia during the period 1939 to 1945. My particular interest is in those adversely affected by wartime national security measures, such as migrant women who were arrested and interned due to their nationality, associations, political or religious allegiances.

I am also interested in the roles that Australian women played during the war in both the military and the civilian workforce, e.g. the Australian Women’s Land Army, munitions manufacturing, administrative work for the US Army.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to discuss or contribute to this important piece of research into our recent history, please contact me on 0404 012 505 or email terranovapublications@gmail.com.

 

About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an Australian author of contemporary and historical fiction. In 2018-19, armed with a QANZAC 100 Fellowship with the State Library of Queensland, Debbie completed a 12-month research project entitled "Queensland Women and War". Prior to this she published three novels and several short stories. 'Enemies within these Shores' (2018) is based on a shocking true story which saw the detention of thousands of civilians in Australia during WWII. 'The Scarlet Key' (2016) and 'Baby Farm' (2014) are crime mysteries set in Brisbane, Australia. 'The Scarlet Key' has underlying themes of growing older outrageously and seizing control of your destiny. 'Baby Farm' reveals the shabby treatment of young unmarried mothers in the 1970s in a crime mystery that plays out forty years hence.
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