Margaret was born in Claremont in 1926. She married John Saunders who had a men’s clothing shop in Perth on Wellington Street and a number of branches in surrounding suburbs.
In this extract, Margaret recalls what it was like as a 12 year old and the coming of WWII. She discusses rationing, blackouts, air-raid wardens, how transportation was effected, the reputation of the Americans and air-raid practice at school.
Below is a double page pictorial taken from the Western Mail, 2 April 1942, depicting Perth’s first mock air raid warning..
Photograph – air-raid shelter on the Esplanade, 1942. City of Perth History Centre Collection.
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