17. THE WPA PROTESTED AGAINST THE COST OF LIVING 25. THE WPA GREW BEYOND VICTORIA 27. WOMEN'S PEACE ARMY LEAFLETS
FIRST WORLD WAR WOMEN
working for peace in Melbourne 1914-1919
PROLOGUE === 33. === 35. 1919 THE WPA EXPOSED THE BLOCKADE
34. THE ARMISTICE IS NOT PEACE
Peace is dawning more brightly day by day, but
the greatest mental alertness is required to
distinguish even dimly between the true and the
false propositions for a constructive peace. The
false clamours so loudly that the still, small voice
of Truth and Justice is apt to go unheeded ...
May we venture to prophesy?
Democracy, of a kind,
will triumph, but it will be of such a form that
those who called most loudly for democracy will
prefer before it the autocracy they seek, and seek
rightly, to dethrone.
Woman Voter 7 November 1918 State Library of Victoria
from the Sisterhood of International Peace:
'On November 11, 1918, the war in Europe came
to an end with dramatic suddenness. All
combatants on both sides instantaneously obeyed
the order, “Cease firing !” thus proving once again
how completely the operation of war is within the
control of its directors and how perfectly able men
are to stop it whenever they will.'
Eleanor M Moore The Quest for Peace As I have known it in Australia, 1949
Disembarking after returning from Europe, Port Melbourne 1919, Donated Mrs A. Holloway, State Library of Victoria