The start of World War 2 changed women’s lives and their place in Australian society forever. Thousands of women ventured where few had gone before – into the services and workplaces previously considered the sole preserve of men.
In preparation for her book Between the Dances, Jacqueline Dinan, interviewed over three hundred women around Australia to collect the last first hand stories from World War 2. Revealing poignant and personal conversations, photographs and letters, Between the Dances is a testament to real life during World War 2.
From Malta to Australia, New Zealand to the UK, the challenges and adventures faced by these women were unprecedented. Their passion, courage, resilience and commitment during wartime were all a precursor to the astonishing changes brought about by this incredible generation.
For the first time, women were doing their bit as nurses in war zones, members of the services, farmhands, factory workers or volunteers in community service.
The last tradition left was the weekly dance, which ceremoniously brought these courageous women and men together for a quickstep, fox trot and brief respite from the rigours of wartime.
The accounts are enhanced by poignant, amusing and insightful anecdotes along with scores of previously unpublished and unique photographs from personal albums.
Jacqueline’s former experience was in corporate and art communications and events, before she embarked on her own public relations and events business. Now a regular speaker with the Country Women’s Association, Australian Rotary Clubs, Legacy, Red Cross and Memorial groups, Jacqueline has become a well-known figure amongst The Returned & Services League of Australia.
Home for Jacqueline Dinan is Ivanhoe, Melbourne where she runs her events business and enjoys a family life of ‘blue and brawn’ with her husband and three sons. Jacqueline grew up in South Gippsland Victoria and has always had an added interest in the rural perspectives of life for women during WW2. Jacqueline graduated with a B.A. (Management) & a Grad. Dip. (Training & Development). Her former work experience was in corporate and art communications and events, before she embarked on her own public relations and events business, Eventive.