|Ref: The sphere. Vol. 76, no. 995. London: Illustrated Newspapers, 1918.|
Many munitionettes worked with TNT, which after prolonged exposure, would turn their skin a yellow colour -- leading to the name 'canary girls'. Possibly not the type of woman with "dewy freshness and charm of skin and complexion" described in the advertisement above.
Below is a photograph showing a British shell-filling factory, covering an area of nearly ten acres.
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, 'The war of munitions...',|
29 March 1917, AWNS-19170329-43-1
Other areas of employment for women during the First World War included work in offices, in hangars used to build aircraft, as nurses, ambulance drivers and Red Cross workers.
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, 'Women and war work...', |
17 February 1916, AWNS-19160217-47-1
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, 'Taking the place of men...', |
22 June 1916, AWNS-19160622-45-1
20 September 1917, AWNS-19170920-37-2
Ref: Auckland Weekly News, 'Women's patriotic work in Wanganui...',
8 November 1917, AWNS-19171108-35-1
Author: Zoë Colling, Sir George Grey Special Collections