Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 8, 2015

And now a respectful bow to International Womens Day.

Having had my fun, I feel obliged to now present a story that proves the fairer sex can also be the braver sex.

From The War at Home, by Daniel Connell (ABC, Sydney, 1988).

Beatrice Major who worked in a wartime small arms factory in Orange which they went on strike:

“All the women said , ‘No, we’ve got men at the war and we’re not going on strike.’ We knew we’d be locked out next day but we did our shift till midnight that night. When we got to work the next day we were locked out all night.

When the union leader got up, we pelted him with everything we could get (eggs and tomatoes). A couple of hours later they told us we could go back to work. We were very determined that we were not going on strike and that was it. Most of us had someone, brothers or husbands, at the war.”

During WW2, there were no known male workers who refused to go on strike, even though the strike would sabotage the Australian soldiers. Only women refused to yield to the union’s treasonous actions.

This story is told again in Hal G P Colebatch’s excellent book Australia’s Secret War. Which has sold in respectable numbers despite being a rather expensive hardback.

(h/t Tim Blair)

Our womenfolk knew how to celebrate, too.

Lois Martin VP Day jumper

Lois Anne Martin knitted the red, white and blue vest especially for VP Day and never wore it again. The vest is on display in the Memorial’s Second World War Gallery.



  1. What does the VP represent?

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