Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wartime Stories Help Paint Picture of Past; Golden Memories as A[euro][approximately]old Girls' Look Back over 120 Years

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Wartime Stories Help Paint Picture of Past; Golden Memories as A[euro][approximately]old Girls' Look Back over 120 Years

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APART from the deprivations of rationing during the Second World War, the lives of the Ipswich region's school students had remained pretty normal until the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941.

Dorothy McPhee (nee Johannessen), who was enrolled at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School (IGGS) from 1942 to 1945, remembers that many schools had their students evacuated to the country, as large assemblies were not permitted.

aI, however, came from the country to IGGS when it eventually started classes in March in 1942,a Ms McPhee said.

aOn our return the following term we were surprised to find slit trenches zig-zagging across where one of our netball courts had been and our distinctive arched columns at the front of the school bricked in and sandbagged, and all the windows blacked out.a

Ms McPhee said she was shocked by her new-look school facade.

aThe worst thing for the seniors was the blocking of light into their classroom in the front building a today's reception area a but as classes were small, they were often taught in the boarders' sitting room, squeezed in around the camouflage netting. …

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