Peggy Williams: Anzac Day 2020

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Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.


Intro: Anzac Day 2020, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mat McLachlan: I'm Mat McLachlan. On Anzac Day, we remember all Australians who have served our country. With most able-bodied men having gone overseas to fight during the Second World War, a new class of working women formed the Women's Land Army. Peggy Williams was one of them. But when she was sent to the Riverina to work on a farm, Peggy faced an unexpected challenge.

Peggy Williams: When my brother wrote to me from the Middle East to say, "Don't be working on the land for an Italian - I'm fighting them ". So, this day I was sent to work for an Italian - Mr Poppolato - and I said: "Look, I'm sick". I think that man realized that I was just having my own little hate of him. So I sat under a tree all day and he was so kind to the Land Army girls - threw away their sandwiches and cooked them a meal. At the end of the day, he came to ask me how I felt, and he had a son that was fighting in the same unit with my brother. And I'll never forget my feelings toward that man and what I was doing to that man. I went back on my weekends off and worked for him. Until the day that man died, he sent me cases of fruit, he came to Sydney to see me. So that story is always there.

Outro: Anzac Day 2020. Lest we forget.

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