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Thursday, 26 May 2016
The Essendon Garden Army, 1942-1943
Labour shortages during WW2 led to all sorts of difficulties on the the home front, including shortages while doing the weekly veg shopping. Britain was already Digging for Victory, and by 1942 Australia needed to dig in as well, and formed the Garden Army. The Essendon Garden Army created the earliest community gardens. There were large garden plots dotted about the City of Essendon, the largest being at Fairbairn Park, as in the photo above. Marilyn Kenny looks in detail at the Essendon Garden Army production, right down to the last bunch of carrots, and the personalities involved in making it work. You can read the story of The Essendon Garden Army, 1942-1943 by clicking on the link.