Women of War

S3E5: She’d Probably Hate Her Great-Great Nephew–Dame Mary Gilmore, the Pinko on the Blue Note.

June 28, 2022

Ten bucks to anyone who can name an Australian war poet (who hasn't got a literature degree). This fortnight's episode looks at the venerated poet, committed communist and radical racist, Dame Mary Gilmore, who wrote some of Australia's best known (?) poems (?) throughout World Wars I and II, and did a lot of shouting about socialism during the Cold War years. Also contains sledging of various Australian politicians, ruminations on the Australian Communist Party and talk about crocodiles. Enjoy!

(Nicola never did check if Mary Gilmore's siblings served in World War II).

This episode of Women of War was written and recorded on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.

This episode contains references to genocide, racism especially in the context of the White Australia policy, domestic violence, alcoholism, discussion of suicide, and people being eaten by crocodiles. It may not be suitable for all listeners. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented in this podcast however with the nature of historical research, there may be mistakes or inconsistencies. The views presented herein are also not reflective of our employers.

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