Some events around Peace Day 19 July 1919, as reported in the Melbourne press over one week
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WOMEN FOR DOMINIONS
The British Government some time ago determined to dispatch a delegation of two women to the overseas dominions to investigate whether the conditions were suitable as an outlet for women workers. The delegation for Australia sailed by the steamer Ulysees on Friday of last week... The same delegates will visit New Zealand. Two ladies are now engaged in a similar investigation in Canada.
The Argus Saturday 2 August 1919
HELPING DISABLED SOLDIERS
Although the Red Cross Society has been working unremittingly for nearly five years, few of us even now realise the extent of their labours. How many, for example, have visited the curative workshops that the Society organises and conducts at the Caulfield Military Hospital? Yet there are few more inspiring and interesting sights than these afford.
Scores of men - hundreds, indeed - who once thought, and not without reason, that life henceforth might hold nothing good for them, who feared that for all the dreary future they must be prepared to play the part of mere lookers-on, have incurred a debt to the unselfish Red Cross workers which, as they gratefully acknowledge, can never be repaid. For these men have been restored to usefulness - many of them almost by a miracle, it would seem - and the hope that they have abandoned has come back to them once more, and has come back to stay...
One leaves Caulfield... with the impression that though the war may be over the fighters there are fighting on still, and are fighting as bravely and as unselfishly as ever they did in the trenches.
THE UNEMPLOYED - Further Aid Demanded
There was only a moderate attendance at a meeting held in the Town Hall yesterday evening to “denounce profiteering” and to demand that additional relief should be given to the unemployed.
Mr C. Bennett, who was in the chair, said that the Trades Hall relief committee had been in existence for about 5 or 6 weeks, and had done an immense amount of work, but it had received only money enough for about three days’ assistance from the Federal Government and the same from the State Government. The committee had had several demonstrations, and intended to have several more to demand assistance. (Applause)...
Mr Prendergast said that during the war the pastoralists had made £60,000,000 extra out of wool, and the coming clip promised to yield them £40,000,000 extra.
Miss Jean Daley said that she did not believe in the senseless smashing of windows, but hoped that if the Government did not respond to the appeal for money the people would assert their right to live in the freest country in the world, and if necessary take the things for themselves.
Mr Anstey, MHR, said that the solution of the problem of unrest would come from the soldiers, who would see in this country, as a result of the war, depression, gigantic robbery, and prices rising enormously.
Motions were agreed to demanding protection against profiteering, and appointing Labour members and others to wait upon the State and Federal governments to insist upon this, and to demand a further grant to the Trades Hall relief committee for the unemployed.
Applicants for relief at Williamstown are required to attend a meeting of the relief committee at the Town Hall tomorrow, at 11 o’clock.
The Argus Tuesday 2 September 1919
HOMES FOR SOLDIERS - A Fitzroy Proposal
Councillor C. E. Miller, the newly elected Mayor of Fitzroy, entertained a party of citizens at lunch at the Cafe Francais yesterday, and the toast of his health yesterday, and the toast of his health was honoured on the motion of the ex-mayor... The latter... said he thought it would be well for the incoming mayor to enter into negotiations with the Repatriation department with a view to the southern portion of Fitzroy being set apart for the erection of homes for soldiers and war widows.
This... would help do away with much of the objectionable element which had been attached to certain parts of the city within the last few years. The suggestion was favourably received by the company.
The Argus Thursday 4 September 1919
A WELCOME HOME
The committee of the 8th Brigade Comforts are tendering a welcome home to members of the brigade at the Masonic Hall tomorrow evening. Tickets can be obtained from Mr Hibbs, 281 Collins Street, or Major Murdoch, 31 Queen Street.
The Argus Monday 10 November 1919
To the Editor of the Argus,
Yours etc. PATTIE DEAKIN, JANE McMILLAN
The desire and hope of His Majesty that the commemoration should take the form of complete suspension of all normal activities for the brief space of two minutes at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock) met with universal expressions of determination to suspend all occupations at the time mentioned...
At Federal Parliament House
Trains and Trams to Stop
State Schools’ Ceremony; Civic Celebrations.
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