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The land girls : in a man's world, 1939-1946

By: Bardsley, Dianne.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Otago University Press 2000Description: vi, 170 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1877133949.Subject(s): Women's Land Service (N.Z.) | Women agricultural labourerers -- New Zealand -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female | Women in agriculture -- New ZealandDDC classification: 940.5308z BAR
Drawing on interviews with 220 women, this book tells the story of NZ land girls during the Second World War.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book tells the story of New Zealand's land girls during the Second World War. Drawing on the oral histories of 130 women and the written interviews of 90 others, it uncovers what has been a hidden history, overlooked in most surveys of New Zealand's war experience. The Women's Land Service was formed to supply labour to keep New Zealand agriculture going during the War. From 1940, city girls from the age of seventeen were sent to assist on sheep, cattle, dairy, orchard and poultry properties. Many had the experience of arriving at a remote destination late at night and starting work the next morning as a farm-hand, when they had never been close-up to a sheep. They learned to ride horses, train and whistle up dogs, muster and shear sheep, plough and harvest crops, and to master all the myriad tasks of rural industries, often without electricity. The experience dramatically changed lives. Some gave up university education, or left their careers and changed direction. Others were bitten by the land bug and never returned to city life. This book tells it all, with personal stories, diary entries, photographs, and reproductions of artworks by land girl artist, Juliet Peter.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes map inside front cover.

Drawing on interviews with 220 women, this book tells the story of NZ land girls during the Second World War.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. v)
  • Chapter 1 Straightening the Record (p. 1)
  • Chapter 2 Rural Conservatism (p. 7)
  • Chapter 3 Champions of the Cause (p. 23)
  • Chapter 4 High Country Work (p. 37)
  • Chapter 5 Family Farms (p. 51)
  • Chapter 6 Women in Charge (p. 57)
  • Chapter 7 Farms with a Difference (p. 73)
  • Chapter 8 Rydal Downs (p. 79)
  • Chapter 9 Glenburn Station (p. 95)
  • Chapter 10 Hardships and Hurdles (p. 107)
  • Chapter 11 Farming for Life (p. 117)
  • Chapter 12 Who'd be a Land Girl? (p. 125)
  • Conclusion (p. 141)
  • Notes (p. 143)
  • Appendix 1 Biographies of Land Girl Contributors (p. 147)
  • Appendix 2 Women's Land Service Handbook (p. 164)
  • Bibliography (p. 167)
  • Index (p. 168)
  • Glossary of Rural Terms