PIECE OF HISTORY: Local author Ian Kirkland will this weekend launch his book on life at Alstonville during the Second World War.
PIECE OF HISTORY: Local author Ian Kirkland will this weekend launch his book on life at Alstonville during the Second World War. Graham Broadhead

Wartime memories recalled

LIFE was a lot different in Alstonville in the early 1940s.

These were the war years, and manpower was short, male sporting teams struggled to field teams and the community rallied for the war effort.

Alstonville Plateau Historical Society member Ian Kirk

land has documented what life was like in Alstonville during the Second World War in his 16th book, Flying the Flag.

He said there had been a lot written about soldiers, but not a lot about life at home.

"People tried to carry on as best they could," he said.

He said the social life of the residents was probably busier than it had ever been before but that was because of the farewells for soldiers, the welcome-home functions and the fundraising events.

He said dances were popular, with as many as 600 residents attending.

Mr Kirkland said the book detailed the efforts made by various groups, including the Girls Patriotic League, Red Cross and CWA. Some of that work included knitting socks and blankets for the troops.

The book has "lots of names" and also sections written by long-time Alstonville and district residents recounting their memories of life during wartime.



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