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After Darkness by Christine PiperIt is early 1942 and Australia is in the midst of war. While working at a Japanese hospital in the pearling port of Broome, Dr Ibaraki is arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Loveday internment camp in a remote corner of South Australia. There, he learns to live among a group of men divided by culture and allegiance. As tensions at the isolated camp escalate, the doctor's long-held beliefs are thrown into question and he is forced to confront his dark past: the promise he made in Japan and its devastating consequences.
Approximately 3,500 women served in the Australian Women's Land Army (AWLA) assisting with rural production and the growing and processing of flax. Elaine Peters, Vi Malcolm, Kathleen Brown, Mary Lowe & Mary White share their experiences of working for the Land Army.
Approximately 70,000 women served in the women's auxiliary services, such as:
Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF)
Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS)
Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS)
In World War II, women were actively recruited into jobs that had always been the preserve of men; they worked in factories and shipyards, as members of the Women's Land Army and as Official War Artists.
Propaganda is a form of communication that promotes a particular perspective or agenda by using text and images to provoke an emotional rather than a rational response. Using images and text to influence or persuade, propaganda attempts to win “hearts and minds”, by shaping perception to gain support.
As the apparent threat of invasion grew, Australians were gripped by an irrational panic about the potential for the tens of thousands of foreign nationals resident in Australia to become saboteurs or spies. As early as 1939 this fear had led to the introduction of National Security (Aliens Control) Regulations.
Ethnicity was a factor in how people experienced the war. The Menzies Government introduced the National Security (Aliens Control) Regulations in 1939. The ‘onus of proof’ was placed on individuals to show that they were not ‘enemy aliens’ and should not be interned.