Many Hearts, One Voice
When WWII ended, the men who fought and died were not forgotten – but what of their wives and families? For the War Widows’ Guild the fight for rights and recognition had just begun. Together they fought for recognition and for public expression of their loss, for subsidised aged-nursing care and affordable housing. Together they fought to have their pensions recognised as compensation for their husbands’ lives. Together they overcame poverty, social isolation and invisibility.
Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild in Western Australia tells the tale of this courageous group of women who made a difference to the lives of Australia’s war widows of yesterday and today.
Many Hearts, One Voice – the result of eight years of research, writing and editing – was released in November 2015. For more information, head to the Fremantle Press website.