Some events around Peace Day 19 July 1919, as reported in the Melbourne press over one week
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The Woman Voter 26 August 1915
The number of necessitous women on our books grows daily, and those who are working here are very inadequately helped. We see them growing thinner and shabbier every day, and it is of the greatest moment that the well-to-do should assist us in our work...
Do not make shirts and socks at home or in the trams and trains, but pay for them to be done by those who need the work. Six hundred mothers here are starving for what you will not give... If you want to sew, make us a maternity set, which will clothe a naked baby, and help a suffering woman to whose mother’s agony is added cold, hunger and despair... Stop knitting and send in your orders for socks at once.
The Woman Voter 9 March 1915
Out of the work undertaken by the WPA to help unemployed women there has developed a movement to place some of these women on the land on cooperative lines.
The Woman Voter 13 April 1915
A farm of 14 acres has been taken at Mordialloc, country already proved most profitable for bulbs and asparagus and early vegetables. Already some thousands of bulbs have been planted; a well is being sunk and a windmill erected...
Six young women will be in training under the capable direction of Cecilia John and Ina Higgins. The former is a poultry expert, and, besides, “as good as a man” she can drive a car, paint a house, erect poultry sheds...Miss Higgins is a trained and qualified poultry expert... the trainees have no fees to pay; they give their work, receive a home.
The Argus 16 March 1916
Women's Farm - State Assistance Sought
Carrying with them a large quantity of vegetables, including a massive pumpkin, Miss Vida Goldstein, Miss Cecilia John, and Mrs. Larcher, representing the Women's Rural Industries Company Ltd, waited on the Minister for Lands (Mr. Hutchinson) yesterday, and urged that the State should assist in the development of the company's farm at Mordialloc.
The Woman Voter 7 September 1916
The Women’s Farm will be open to visitors on Saturday afternoon until further notice. Take train to Mordialloc; walk 1½ miles to Closer Settlement. Cab fare, 2/-. Flowers and eggs direct from the farm may be purchased at 215 Latrobe-street.
n. THEY UNDERTOOK SPEAKING TOURS, INCLUDING BRISBANE, SYDNEY, ADELAIDE, WARRNAMBOOL, MORTLAKE, CAMPERDOWN, HOBART, CAMPBELLTOWN, LAUNCESTON, DELORAINE, DEVONPORT AND BURNIE
o. THEY ADDRESSED WAR RELATED MATTERS
The Woman Voter 28 October 1915
Miss Goldstein spoke of what the women of West Australia had done in protest against the attempt being made by the State Government to meet the dangers of venereal disease with compulsory measures that were bound to defeat their object, and were a great insult and menace to women...(she) urged women to be on guard against the introduction of compulsory measures in this state.
The Woman Voter 24 February 1916
Women are not going to be made breeding machines for the god of war. War - red and bloody war - will not have the toll so much desired by it, for women will increasingly refuse to give life that men may take it.
The Woman Voter 27 April 1916
We can vouch for the sterling worth of the people to whom we refer. Their poverty is not due to drink, or vice, or thriftlessness, but to sheer misfortune, to inability to sell their labour.
We have no hesitation in saying that it is a scandalous condition of affairs that people able and willing to sell their labour should find no buyers, and yet their labour is the only thing that can bring them bread.
We urge our readers once again to contribute regularly to our Unemployment Fund.
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