Remembering Women of War

For Remembrance Day 2017, museum intern, Sarah, curated this special virtual exhibit and a display that was exhibited at the 1000 Islands Mall for Veterans Week.

When we stop to remember the ways that Brockville residents were involved in the Great Wars, we cannot forget how women contributed to these efforts. They took jobs that men had to leave, volunteered and raised money, entered noncombat roles, conserved resources, produced food and so much more. Here are just a couple of examples of the ways that Brockville women contributed. (Click on Image for more details).

Womans Service Corps, Brockville
Womans Service Corps, Brockville

Women were not allowed full entry into the Canadian military until the 1980s but that did not mean that they weren’t involved in war efforts previously. Especially during the Great Wars, women were expected to do their part for the national war effort.

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Canadian Nurses in Britain, WWI
Canadian Nurses in Britain, WWI

During the First and Second World Wars women served as nurses both overseas and in Canada.

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The Brockettes
The Brockettes

Margaret Curry described her experience performing overseas: Sometimes we wouldn’t have electricity and the show would be outdoors. In that case, we would have lanterns at the end of the stage, and the soldiers would bring up their jeeps, and their headlights would light up the entire stage.

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Womans Service Corps, Brockville
Womans Service Corps, Brockville

Women were not allowed full entry into the Canadian military until the 1980s but that did not mean that they weren’t involved in war efforts previously. Especially during the Great Wars, women were expected to do their part for the national war effort.

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