Centaur poster, c1943

Centaur poster, c1943. 'Work, save, fight and so avenge the nurses!', poster by unknown artist. Collection of the Australian War Memorial



Jean Devanny, Sugar Heaven

“Organisation is for the purpose of developing the latent talents of the women. See how we live! Nothing uplifting about our lives is there? We’ve got no objective. We live and breed and die. Life isn’t meant to be like that. Life is meant for joy and expansion and objective living. I think it’s the job of women to rear a race of young who will live better lives than we live; who will be able to create a better world than we, their elders, have been able to create. It’s not a question of what women can do; it is what can’t they do?

1 January 1936
2 September 2010
2 September 2010
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Redback Press

Carole Ferrier, ‘Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary, Journal of Australian Studies, nos 54-55, 1997

Nicole Moore, ‘Remember love and struggle?: reading Jean Devanny's Sugar Heaven in contemporary Australian contexts’, Australian Literary Studies, v21, no3, May 2004

Queensland has always been known for its extremes.

What separate spheres do women and men inhabit, and is there a particular Queensland style?

The separate-cell design of one of the two cellblocks in Brisbane prison, Petrie Terrace, c1868. Some female prisoners were still housed in an associated ward here, and it was 1903 before a purpose-built separate-cell prison was constructed specifically for women in Queensland. From Report on Prison Discipline, 1868. Collection of Christopher Dawson.

Collection of Christopher Dawson

Women cycling through the Botanic Gardens, Brisbane, 1896. Collection of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Collection of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland image 7871-0001-0023

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