Author Debbie Terranova to share North Queensland internment history at Burdekin Library

Burdekin residents intrigued by the treatment of so-called enemy aliens during the Second World War are invited to take part in a discussion morning with author Debbie Terranova at the Burdekin Library on Tuesday 31 July.

Entitled What Really Happened on the Home front in WWII?, Mrs Terranova’s presentation will discuss her latest novel and provide a brief history about World War II on the home front in Australia.

The presentation will also include historical photos of the Loveday internment camps in South Australia.

Though fictional, Mrs Terranova’s novel Enemies Within These Shores centres on the true events of the round up and internment of Italian workers in Far North Queensland.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the topic of internment camps would resonate with many Burdekin residents.

“The Burdekin is rich in cultural diversity and is home to many people of Italian heritage,” she said.

“Though we now celebrate our multiculturalism, internment camps are an awful reality of our region’s history.”

Mrs Terranova, who has recently received a fellowship from the State Library of Queensland to do further research about women and war, invites all residents with personal stories from the 1939-1945 period to make contact.

In particular she is seeking to meet women who were affected by wartime national security measures, such as those who were interned due to their nationality, associations, political or religious allegiances, and those who were left behind to run farms without men.

She is also interested in discussing the various roles that women played during the war such as those who became part of the military or civilian workforce.

The discussion morning is a free event, commencing at the Burdekin Library at 10:30am.

For further information please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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