HOMEFRONT 6 – LOVE & WAR
Speaker: Rebecca Britt
Interviewer: Bindi Bow
• Relationships and marriages between Australian women and American men.
• American concerns about the character of Australian women.
• Australian war brides on the ship to America.
• Most Australian war brides had to wait until the end of the war before travelling by ship to America.
• Image of American troops being welcomed to Sydney in March 1941.
• War brides attended support groups and were taught facts about Australia in order to be effective ambassadors for Australia when they moved to live overseas.
• Rationing extended to many things including fabrics and women had to use alternative materials and methods to make wedding dresses.
• Images of different wedding outfits and the stories of the people in these images.
• Different approaches to wedding dresses, such as wearing a day dress or multiple brides wearing the same wedding dress.
• Coupons and the creation of a black market for rationed items.
• Rationing food and other supplies during World War II. Australia supplies food and resources to our allies.
• Separation of loved ones during wartime and the social and emotional implications.
• Methods of communication during wartime such as letters and mementoes.
• The difficulty of understanding a partner’s experience either on the warfront or the home front.
• The story of Robert and Lois and the Florin coin pendant.