Millinery class at a vocational training school, Melbourne

War Widows of the ACT: A Forgotten Legacy of World War I is a series of essays on eight women whose lives were overturned by the loss of their husbands in the Great War. Their poignant stories record the profound effects of their loss but also their enterprise and resilience. Some raised children alone, some started businesses to supplement their pensions, a few remarried.

Research in Repatriation files brings to life the lives of these women, from all social classes, as they forged new lives amidst sorrow. Their stories personify many women who have been ignored in the historic record.

Read more in the essay and in the biographical entries on the war widows in the stories.