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Women of Empire Exhibition 1914-1918

Arts Culture and Music At Dudley House 60 View Street Bendigo

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From 04, to May 13, 2018
10:00am - 5:00pm Save to calendar

Since 2015 WOMEN OF EMPIRE EXHIBITION 1914-1918 which was developed locally in Central Victoria has paid tribute to the women of WW1. An exhibition that told HER STORY in rare and original costume of the era - the uniform she wore, the walking out suit, the Sunday best outfit, the evening gown, the work frock; what she wore on her night off, whilst running the farm, serving in the shop, running up uniforms or typing letters, driving an ambulance or rolling bandages.

Seen by some half a million people in Australia and New Zealand in venues that range from the imposing Dominion Building in Wellington with Sir Peter Jackson’s ‘Great War Exhibition’ to the rooms of an historic home in country Victoria.
After the success of the initial exhibition we are pleased to announce a new Armistice exhibition - WOMEN OF EMPIRE - THE HOMECOMING exploring the lives of even more women one hundred years ago. What faced the women returning from unimaginable experiences overseas? How did wives and mothers cope with the physically and mentally broken men who returned? How did women who’d shouldered immense responsibilities and tasted independence step back into less visible or subservient roles? How did a lass from France or England cope with the strangeness of a land, a culture and a new husband so far away from home? And those women who survived war only to succumb to the Spanish Flu andemic? How did they face ‘spinsterhood’ with all the young men lying dead in Flanders Fields? So many women from Australia and New Zealand and the four corners of the Empire. So many stories to be told.

The new exhibition will again use the unique format of presenting each woman whose story is told in an outfit that she might have worn once again making the experience real and rewarding for those who visit - original fashion rarely seen outside of major museums fleshing out the stories of these amazing women.

Supported by the City of Greater Bendigo the exhibition will be launched locally on Friday 4 May at historic Dudley House in View Street Bendigo where it will be until Sunday 13 May. The exhibition will be open daily from 10AM to 5PM. After Bendigo the exhibition will then travel throughout Australia and New Zealand until the end of 2019.


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