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RED MATILDAS

Year: 1984

Classification: G

Runtime: 50 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Sharon Connolly, Trevor Graham

Produced By: Sharon Connolly, Trevor Graham

Language: English

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Women, Peace and Politics in the Great Depression - Three women discuss their history and involvement with the Communist Party of Australia.

May Pennefather trained to be a nurse, and in 1937, after working in both Perth and Sydney, she volunteered to go to Spain as part of a nursing unit to assist the Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War.

After graduating from Melbourne University, Joan Goodwin became interested in the Communist Party and labour issues. She spoke out publicly against fascism and war and helped volunteers for the International Brigades reach Spain safely.

Audrey Blake learnt of the Russian revolution and socialism while at school. She became a member of the Young Communist League and at the age of 20 visited Moscow with her husband and child.

Although from different backgrounds, these three women provide valuable information on Australian labour and socio-economic history, the Australian Communist Party, the Spanish Civil War, the Great Depression in Australia, women in the workforce in Australia, equal rights for women in Australia and much more.

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