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Lemnos - Gallipoli 1915: Women in War 


The historical book

Lemnos - Gallipoli 1915: Women in War tells of the courage, fortitude and determination shown by so many women whose lives were changed forever by the Gallipoli Campaign/Battle of Çanakkale in 1915.  


100 years on, this book explores the important work undertaken on both the Ottoman and Australian home fronts as volunteer workforces emerged. It examines the heavy emotional burdens carried by women as they waited for news of their men. It charts how the community of Lemnos changed when the repercussions of war shook their island and it follows the rich accounts of the brave women who left their homes far behind to nurse the casualties of the campaign. 


Women the world over experienced personal tragedy and hardship. Some, whilst saddened by war, found the adventure exhilarating. Some women’s experiences were remarkably similar. Regardless of nationality, women waited, worked, worried and grieved.


The book is being translated into the Turkish and Greek languages and will be distributed for free to schools, public libraries and community centres in the participating countries.


Authored by: Alice McConnell

Edited by: Professor Bruce Scates, Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University


About the Author: Alice McConnell


Alice McConnell completed her studies in history at the University of Melbourne and is a specialist in public engagement and heritage interpretation. She has worked at the Shrine of Remembrance, the Imperial War Museum, Kensington Palace, the National Sports Museum and is currently coordinating the Centenary of the Great War projects at the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University. She is the author of Lemnos - Gallipoli 1915: Women in War, a part of the Lemnos Gallipoli Project.

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