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Women in war: Activities
Activities for students learning about Australian and New Zealand women in wartime

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AUST WOMEN:   Arrow bullet In WW1   Arrow bullet Profiles   Arrow bullet And Gallipoli   Arrow bullet Aboriginal women
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Activities for students
WW1, WW2, other wars
Australian Women in War (anzacportal.dva.gov.au)
From this page you can download the (very large) complete document Australian Women in War [pdf 24MB], or from the same page download the following sections individually (as pdf files):
- Introduction for Teachers
- Unit 1: Australian Women in the Second South African Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902)
- Unit 2: Australian Women in World War I (1914-1918)
- Unit 3: Australian Women in World War II (1939-1945)
- Unit 4: Australian Women in British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) and the Korean War (1946-1953)
- Unit 5: Australian Women in the Vietnam War (1962-1973)
- Unit 6: Australian Women in the Australian Defence Force and in Peace Operations (1947 – Today)
- Unit 7: Australian Women and Commemoration


Australian nurses (primary) (awm.gov.au)
Provides many pdf files of activities involving Australian nurses, some specific to the Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War, and some of a general nature.

Australian nurses (secondary) (awm.gov.au)
Like the previous item, this page provides many pdf files of activities involving Australian nurses, some specific to the Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War, and some of a general nature.

Women at War: The changing role of women in times of conflict [pdf file] (archived from dva.gov.au)
Part of Working the Web. Some of the content of this archived collection of activities for students (such as references to other web pages) is out-of-date. The document is no longer held on the DVA website but the link to an archived copy is provided here for teachers who may be referring students to the activities that are still useful.

Unit 7: Australian Women and Commemoration [pdf] (dva.gov.au)
Lesson activities on the role of Australian women in war.

Women in the Australian Defence Force: Do they have an equal role to men? (anzacday.org.au)
Scroll to the bottom for a link to the pdf file for this activity.

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Women in War (anzacday.org.au)
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World War 1 World War 1: Women in War (ww1.sl.nsw.gov.au)
Quite a range of ways in which women supported the war effort in Word War 1 are outlined, as well as a number of source documents such as photographs.
Suggested student research activities are then suggested.

Lesson 3: The nurses of Gallipoli (centenaryeducation.com.au)
Lesson 3 of the five-lesson Gallipoli unit of work (sponsored by Australia Post). Note that the three "websites for further information" that are mentioned no longer work. Perhaps you could use these ones instead:
- The nurses' experience of Gallipoli from their letters (anzacportal.dva.gov.au)
- Casualty Clearance: The WW1 Nurses (anzacday.org.au)
- Great War nurses
(awm.gov.au)

World War 2

Women's services in World War 2 (anzacday.org.au)
"Comparing image and reality in the WAAAF."
The activity overview lists six components involving investigation:
- the image presented, involving advertisements
- the reality: the reasons some women DID join the WAAF
- the reality: why some women DID NOT join the WAAAF
- what women did

- what women did and were paid
- One WAAAF remembers: questions on an extract of the story of Judy Stone

 

 

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Booklets to download Australian War Memorial booklets to download (awm.gov.au)
- Devotion:
wartime nurses (56 pages)
- Audacity:
heroic Australians (60 pages)
- Forever Yours:
wartime love and friendship (60 pages)
- We'll Meet Again:
love in wartime (114 pages)

Australian Women in World War I (1914-1918) [pdf] (dva.gov.au)
Some activities refer to a CD/DVD but teachers will be able to adapt those questions or use othre ones.

Australian Women in World War II (1939-1945) [pdf] (dva.gov.au)
Again, the activities and questions are useful even without the CD/DVD.

Songs The Veil of Night  (soundcloud.com)
This song by singer/songwriter Lugh Damen is dedicated to wartime and post-war women healers and nurses. The lyrics [pdf] are available. For more information see our Modern Anzac Day music page.
 
New Zealand

Women at War Activity Book [pdf] (armymuseum.co.uk)
Background information, illustrations and a few questions.


 

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Speeches: women and war

Books about women in wartime

Women in wartime


 

 

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