On the Home Front

On the Home Front

Melbourne in Wartime, 1939-1945

Book - 1990
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For the people of Melbourne, the years of World War II were a time of social dislocation and increased government interference in all aspects of their daily lives. This study examines the experiences of families living at a time when food and clothing were rationed and adequate housing was hard to come by. It is the story of their work, leisure and relationships, and of their fear of a Japanese invasion.
Publisher: Oxford, [Oxon.] ; Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1990.
ISBN: 9780195531268
0195531264

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Infolass Jul 29, 2010

Reviewed by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria "History News" Sept/Oct 2009

"Despite the continuing interest in and burgeoning of publishing about Australia and war, there have not been many writers who have followed up Darian-Smith’s encompassing study of Melbourne in wor... Read More »


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Infolass Jul 29, 2010

Reviewed by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria "History News" Sept/Oct 2009

"Despite the continuing interest in and burgeoning of publishing about Australia and war, there have not been many writers who have followed up Darian-Smith’s encompassing study of Melbourne in works on other places and regions. This is a most welcome republication; but the decision to omit the splendid photos (largely from the AWM collection) is surely regrettable.
The author acknowledges receiving new information from those with ‘first-hand knowledge’ of the war (p. vii). Was there no pedant who noticed what must be an error of transcription (now on p. 39) that people queued for a 2/- box of Newmans chocolates
that weighed 4 lbs (not presumably 1/4 lb.)? That aside, there is a very succinct appraisal of recent writing about the war and its commemoration in the last 20 years. A very worthy return to print."

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