Author Archives: Debbie Terranova

About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an Australian author of contemporary and historical fiction. In 2018 she was awarded a QANZAC 100 Fellowship with the State Library of Queensland to undertake an exciting research project entitled "Queensland Women and War". Debbie has published three novels and several short stories. 'Enemies within these Shores' (2018) is based on a true story about the internment of civilians in Australia during WWII. 'The Scarlet Key' (2016) and 'Baby Farm' (2014) are crime mysteries about ageing disgracefully and forced adoptions respectively.

What happened on the homefront during WWII? Townsville Festival of Stories.

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“Under the Skin 4” – SLQ Fellows’ presentations about the world wars

On 29 March 2019, I was honoured to present some findings of my project, “Queensland Women and War: a multicultural perspective of the experiences of female civilians during World War II”, at a public event at the State Library of … Continue reading

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An invitation: hear about my “Women and War” project for SLQ

Are you curious about what happened during wartime in Australia?  Follow the progress of the 2018 Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellows Elaine Acworth, Dr Anastasia Dukova, Dr Martin Kerby and Deborah Terranova as they bring to life memories and … Continue reading

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From Brisbane trainee nurse to U.S. war bride.

How different was the life of a young woman in Australia during World War II? Personal diaries are a wonderful way to rediscover the day-to-day activities of our past. In this 1941 diary, twenty-year-old Elvie Geissmann records her first year as … Continue reading

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The War Diaries of Nurse Taylor

In 1941 a young Brisbane nurse began recording the events of the war in these dainty little cloth-covered notebooks. For four long years, while working and studying, she never failed to note what happened. Like to read more? Go to … Continue reading

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Read history this year

Secret shame or wartime security? Learn the shocking truth about civilian imprisonment in Australia during WWII. Great gift idea for the history buffs in your family. Buy a copy direct from the author and have it autographed.

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Queensland Women and War research project

In 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 … Continue reading

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