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 1914-1919PROLOGUE === 3. THE WAR - WOMEN’S PART
2. THE WAR
Eleanor Moore from the Sisterhood of International Peace:
'In August, 1914, the managing directors of
four Great Powers in Europe announced that
a war had been arranged and that
fighting would begin at once.'
The Quest for Peace as I have known it in Australia,
From the paper of the Women's Political Association, the
Woman Voter 4 August 1914:
The War -
This must be the last war between civilised peoples.
The woman movement will force upon Governments
the necessity of finding other means
of settling international disputes.
It is awful enough that millions of men
are standing face to face with violent death.
It is more awful that all the rest of the people of the world
are in danger of death by starvation.
The food supplies of the world must cease
when the hands that reap and sow
are occupied in the work of slaying men.
The millions that war costs must be paid ultimately,
and by the weakest,
and these are the women
and children of the working classes,
who will pay with hunger and cruel privations.
There is no real cause for this war!
Great Britain has no quarrel with Austria,
France none with Germany of Russia ...
Woman Voter 4 August 1914 State Library of Victoria
J. E. Barnes, photographer, Soldiers boarding the ship Euripides, Port Melbourne, 1916, State Library of Victoria
J. E. Barnes, photographer, HMAT Medic, Port Melbourne, 1916 State Library of Victoria
=== 3. THE WAR - WOMEN’S PART ===