– Retold by Jean Penrose
Jean tells us that she was in her early 20’s when the Second World War began. She and other girls found work at the Castlemaine Woolen Mill making blankets for army horses. There was a certain amount of secrecy about what they were making and they weren’t allowed to talk about their work. She remembers there was an air of excitement about working for the war effort. Sometimes they would have to work late shifts and bring something to eat for tea. When she arrived home late at night her Mum would have soup waiting for her. It was a very noisy and busy place to work recalled Jean. At lunchtime the girls would wonder over to the Botanical Garden for some fresh air and quiet.