Queensland Women's Fashion during WW2

Owen Budd
This board is to be a resource for examining women's fashion in Queensland, during the Second World War.
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Australian women with US serviceman

Australian women with US serviceman

The Diggers were a poor bet when it came to showing a girl a good time, because the Yanks did earn a lot more money. American soldiers in the lower ranks earned twice the amount of their Australian counterparts - a US private earned the same as an Australian captain. In the higher ranks the disparity was even more pronounced. These differences in pay scales, their stylish uniforms (with zippered flies!), and their custom of tipping earned the Americans a reputation as "big spenders".

The Diggers were a poor bet when it came to showing a girl a good time, because the Yanks did earn a lot more money. American soldiers in the lower ranks earned twice the amount of their Australian counterparts - a US private earned the same as an Australian captain. In the higher ranks the disparity was even more pronounced. These differences in pay scales, their stylish uniforms (with zippered flies!), and their custom of tipping earned the Americans a reputation as "big spenders".

Women applicants waiting for medical tests at Town Hall, Brisbane, 1942. Waiting women have applied for work as tram conductors during World War II. Left to right: Mrs A. C. Cox, Miss R. Higgins, Mrs V. Mann, Mrs E. Holmes. (Description supplied with photograph).

Women applicants waiting for medical tests at Town Hall, Brisbane, 1942. Waiting women have applied for work as tram conductors during World War II. Left to right: Mrs A. C. Cox, Miss R. Higgins, Mrs V. Mann, Mrs E. Holmes. (Description supplied with photograph).

Scene of women sitting in a Brisbane air raid shelter during a test alarm during World War Two. (Description supplied with the photograph.)

Scene of women sitting in a Brisbane air raid shelter during a test alarm during World War Two. (Description supplied with the photograph.)

Advertisement for women's fashion at McWhirters department store, Brisbane, Australia, 1941

Advertisement for women's fashion at McWhirters department store, Brisbane, Australia, 1941

A fierce storm swept over Brisbane on the afternoon of Saturday 18 January 1941. Three races at Albion Park had been run before the storm broke. (Description taken from: Courier Mail, Monday 20 January 1941, p. 8.)

A fierce storm swept over Brisbane on the afternoon of Saturday 18 January 1941. Three races at Albion Park had been run before the storm broke. (Description taken from: Courier Mail, Monday 20 January 1941, p. 8.)

Farewelling recruits at the South Brisbane Intrerstate Station, October 1941. Young women being farewelled by family and friends at the train station, before leaving for interstate to be inducted into the Women's Australian Air Force. (Description supplied with photograph).

Farewelling recruits at the South Brisbane Intrerstate Station, October 1941. Young women being farewelled by family and friends at the train station, before leaving for interstate to be inducted into the Women's Australian Air Force. (Description supplied with photograph).

General McArthur's Bataan Operators, Somerville House

General McArthur's Bataan Operators, Somerville House

Civilian employees participating in an air raid drill at Somerville House, Brisbane, 1942. <br />Source: SLQ http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/189461

Civilian employees participating in an air raid drill at Somerville House, Brisbane, 1942. <br />Source: SLQ http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/189461

Townsville, Qld. 1945-03-25. Australian Comfort Fund workers greeting soldiers from the H.T. Katoomba with bags of fruit.

Townsville, Qld. 1945-03-25. Australian Comfort Fund workers greeting soldiers from the H.T. Katoomba with bags of fruit.

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