Upon the Termination of the Activities of the Cheer Up Society, 1939-1946. The Society presents to its Members this Historical Souvenir [cover title]. Cheer Up Society, Dudley MATHEWS.
Upon the Termination of the Activities of the Cheer Up Society, 1939-1946. The Society presents to its Members this Historical Souvenir [cover title]
Upon the Termination of the Activities of the Cheer Up Society, 1939-1946. The Society presents to its Members this Historical Souvenir [cover title]
Upon the Termination of the Activities of the Cheer Up Society, 1939-1946. The Society presents to its Members this Historical Souvenir [cover title]

Upon the Termination of the Activities of the Cheer Up Society, 1939-1946. The Society presents to its Members this Historical Souvenir [cover title]

Adelaide, The Society, 1946.

Oblong octavo, [20] pages (including the covers) with numerous illustrations (from photographs).

Two-colour pictorial card covers lightly marked and creased, with a light crease to the top corner-tip to most of the leaves; an excellent copy.

'Soon after the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, Mrs Alexandrine (Alexandra) Seager, a real estate and employment agent, and William Sowden, editor of the "Register", were shocked by the lack of public support for troops awaiting embarkation at the suburban Morphettville camp. They formed the Cheer-Up Society, whose volunteer women workers aimed to promote and provide for the comfort, welfare and entertainment of soldiers and sailors. The society wished to shield soldiers from alcohol and disreputable city entertainments.... The Cheer-Up Society revived during the Second World War and offered hostel accommodation from 1941. Volunteers again provided thousands of meals along with concerts, dances, picture shows and home comforts' (Adelaidia website). The compiler of the souvenir is named on the inside rear cover.

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