The Cheer-Up Society of First World War SA: aspects of the significant story of the war work of South Australian women

Monday 17 November 2014

The Cheer-Up Society of First World War SA: aspects of the significant story of the war work of South Australian women

Presented by Christeen Schoepf

In November 1914, a cleverly played out publicity stunt by Alexandrina Seager and editor of the Register, William Sowden, ensured that the immediate needs of those men who were leaving for the First World War were provided. By 1920, every soldier departing from Adelaide had been sent off, welcomed home and cared for by the hundreds of volunteers of the Cheer-Up Society whose significant story is yet to be adequately told.

Recently honoured as South Australia’s Emerging Historian of the Year, Christeen Schoepf is a historical archaeologist and community historian in the final phase of her PhD at the University of New England. Christeen’s projects focus on the notion of object biography as a research tool and she has spoken locally in SA, nationally and internationally on her work. A recipient of multiple scholarships and bursaries, Christeen is a member of Oral History Australia (SA), the Australian Women’s History Network and the Army Museum SA

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The Cheer-Up Society of First World War SA: aspects of the significant story of the war work of South Australian women

Presented by Christeen Schoepf

In November 1914, a cleverly played out publicity stunt by Alexandrina Seager and editor of the Register, William Sowden, ensured…

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