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Home Front

The bold graphic opener to the Museum of Sydney’s Home Front – a finely curated exhibition that gives a real sense of the love and loss felt by Sydneysiders on the home front during World War II.

Handmade felt toys were very popular during WWII, as felt was not rationed. This is a felt airman doll made by a mother who sadly lost her son, a RAAF bomber pilot, during operations in 1944.

An ad for the Women’s Weekly in 1943 (colourised by the HHT, the original is a striking gouache), encouraging women to write uplifting letters to the troops.

The exhibition also features a recreated wartime living room complete with armchairs and wireless, playing popular tunes of the time. Tempting to kick off the shoes and stay a while, if only they were serving tea and ANZAC biscuits…

A 5-minute visit to the newly refurbished MCA followed – the crowds and queues were just ridiculous, so I’ll be trying again once all the excitement dies down.

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