“When the air raid siren sounds …”

The government campaign used the Japanese air raids on northern Australia to convince those living in the south that their turn was not far off. As a result, they expected to see Japanese bombers flying over their towns and cities at any moment.

The lessons learned by the British during the Blitz in 1940 were adapted for local conditions by Australia’s National Emergency Services. Sirens were installed, shelters dug, and volunteers trained in first aid, fire fighting and other air raid precautions.

Adelaide children help construct air raid shelters, January 1942 - 045120

Adelaide children help construct air raid shelters, January 1942 045120

Public air aid shelter - 042825

Public air aid shelter 042825

If you are in a building when the air raid siren sounds - ARTV02591

If you are in a building when the air raid siren sounds  ARTV02591

ARP warden’s helmet - REL29506

ARP warden’s helmet  REL29506

National Emergency Services whistle - REL/09979

National Emergency Services whistle REL/09979

Air raid warden’s rattle - REL/14094

Air raid warden’s rattle  REL/14094

 

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