Resilience in Times of Adversity – 2019

Contemporary response to WW2 in The Blue Mountains 1939-1950

My work pays homage to the women and men who worked at The Lithgow Small Arms Factory at the time of WW2. The history of the Lithgow Small Arms Factory is about people – their aspirations, achievements and disappointments, the economic and social hardships endured during this time.

Many of the women who came from Sydney to work in the Factory had no accommodation other than tents in the forest. Bullets and firearms were manufactured, after the war the women turned to the manufacture of sewing machines.

The small Arms Factory is now a museum with displays showing the production processes and social history of the factory and its time. Items produced provided the Factory’s lifeblood between wars.