Indigenous Women Second World War workbook

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We've designed this workbook to introduce students to the service of First Nations women during World War II. You could ask students to complete parts of the workbook in class or as home learning.

The activities explore:

  • the role of women during World War I (to help compare how it had changed)
  • the role of women during World War II and associated stereotypes
  • how the media influenced perceptions and the use of propaganda
  • commemoration of the service of 3 female First Nations veterans through creative writing.

This workbook links to information pages, books, videos and biographies elsewhere on this website. Some activities may also have links to pages on the Australian War Memorial website, the National NAIDOC Secretariat website and the Reconciliation Australia website.

Series: Indigenous Service Workbooks
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Teacher notes

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Teaching sensitivities

Teachers should note that some of the situations recounted in this resource from different times may use terminology or describe experiences and perspectives that are confronting or considered inappropriate today. This includes the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and descriptions of wars and conflicts. Teachers are advised to be sensitive to the perspectives and emotions of students while using this resource.

Australian Curriculum

This workbook link to the Australian Curriculum (Version 8.4).

Year 10 History

Historical knowledge and understanding

  • The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women and the use of wartime government controls (conscription, manpower controls, rationing and censorship).

Historical skills

  • Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past.

Learning intentions

  • Understand how and why women's roles changed from World War I to World War II.
  • Recognise how propaganda was used to encourage women to enlist in the auxiliary services.
  • Be able to consolidate and demonstrate their learning by applying their knowledge to a real life situation.


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