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Digital Photograph - Four Women & Three Canadian Servicemen on Picnic Party, Sassafras, 1944 Image Reg. No: MM 110829

Black and white photograph showing Sybil Oakes and friends on a picnic party with Canadian servicemen, in Sassafras in 1944 during World War II.

Sybil Oakes was a servicewoman during the war, working as a radar mechanic in the Army. She was stationed all around Greater Melbourne, Victoria and NSW. She and her friends entertained these Canadian servicemen, by taking them to the Dandenongs by train for a picnic. Few people had cars, so crowds of people got off the train at Belgrave and walked into the hills, hiking for several hours before having a picnic. Sybil and her friends were able to wear civilian clothes and dressed up for the picnic, but the servicemen remained in uniform. Sybil's story of her experiences in World War II is in the Australian War Memorial archives.
Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Four women and three servicemen standing by the roadside. Behind them a sign says SASSAFRAS, PLEASE SLOW DOWN'. Trees line the road in the background.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Margaret Swan, 2006
Contributed by Ms Margaret Swan
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: australian army, picnics picnicking, recreation, servicemen, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Life During World War II in Photographs, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: hospitality
Inscriptions: 1944, the road to Sassafras Picnic party with Canadian servicemen Arrived by train and then hiked.
People Depicted: Hazelwood, Doug; Huchinson, Dorothy; unknown man; Oakes, Sybil; Marshall, Gene; unknown woman; Stuckey, Lal
Organisations Depicted: Australian Army; Canadian Army
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Sassafras, Victoria, Australia, 1944

Source of Date Depicted: Contributor's mother's memory.
Photographer: Mr Roy Ross

Photographer Notes: Photographer was a 4th Canadian Army officer.
Organisation Depicted: Australian Army, Sassafras, Victoria, Australia, 1944
Organisation Depicted: Canadian Army, Sassafras, Victoria, Australia, 1944

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