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This is an auction for THE LAND GIRLS: IN A MAN'S WORLD, 1939-1946 by Dianne Bardsley.

"I wasn't being patriotic. I was looking for adventure!"

"Nobody showed me how to do anything. On the first day, I was told to go and milk the cows."

"We used to get up at 4.30 but we never spoke before 7am. That kept things civil."

"The farmer's wife watched me through binoculars the whole time."

"The trouble with the land girls was that they had no idea how to stop working."

"I was so exhausted at the end of the War that I couldn't have cared if I never saw another lamb."

"This book tells the story of New Zealand's land girls during the Second World War. Drawing on interviews with 220 women, it uncovers what has been a hidden history, overlooked in most surveys of New Zealand's war experience. This book is based on the oral histories of 130 women who worked as land girls during bthe Second World War and the written interviews of 90 others. Wartime land girls broke new ground. Throughout the nation, for the first time, women were in paid employment on farms, making administrative decisions. Previously, wives and daughters of farmers laboured on farms mainly out of economic need, a practice described as 'a disgraceful blot on our national life'. But from 1940, city girls of seventeen and over were sent to work on sheep, cattle, dairy, orchard and poultry properties to take the place of men who had enlisted. Their task was to maintain and increase production from the rural sector."

Large format paperback 2000.

170 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.
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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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