Interview with Elva Batt (When the war came to Australia).

Accession Number F04059
Collection type Film
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description Betacam SP/Colour/sound
Place made Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Date made 22 February 1991
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1990-1999

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Mrs Batt was a ballet mistress who enlisted as an Army Amenities officer in 1943 in the Northern Territory. She discusses the entertainment provided by the army for the troops: revues, dances. She mentions conditions in Darwin during the war,including the general feeling of the population: tedium, neglect by the rest of the country. The civilian population in Perth felt isolated and had a harder time as regards rationing than did the service personnel.Mrs Batt comments that entertainers were very important to keep up the morale of the troops.

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