Object: Poster, ’Volunteer For National Service’
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|Title||Poster, ’Volunteer For National Service’|
E. V. Paul, Government Printer (printing firm), Late 1940, Wellington
|Medium summary||Two colour block printed text with halftone photolithographic image on paper|
|Materials||paper, printing ink|
x 505mm (Width)
|Credit line||Gift of Mr C H Andrews, 1967|
This poster was designed and printed in the first year of World War II. It calls for volunteers to join in the war effort at home.
The poster details the official options available to both civilian men and women to contribute to the war effort in New Zealand. The imagery indicates the equality of these contributions by placing the man and woman on an even picture plane. However, their roles are prescribed – the woman is dressed as a nurse and the man as a member of the Home Guard.
Home defence forces
The Home Guard, the Women's War Service Auxiliary, and the Emergency Precautions Scheme (EPS) made up New Zealand's home defence forces. New Zealanders over the age of 18 gave thousands of unpaid hours to these organisations.
The Women’s War Service Auxiliary was established in August 1940 to co-ordinate the war efforts of New Zealand women, and remained a voluntary organisation. Membership of the Home Guard and the EPS became compulsory for men in 1942. Women could also volunteer for the EPS, but once enrolled, could not resign.
Find additional information about this object at these sites
- 'Second World War - Japan enters the war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
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- THE NEW POSTER GIRL (Evening Post, 12 October 1938) - National Library of New Zealand
- GERMAN CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. (Colonist, 19 November 1914) - National Library of New Zealand
- LADY POSTERS AT THE DRILL HALL. (Auckland Star, 22 December 1902) - National Library of New Zealand
- Our Volunteers. (Star, 07 August 1886) - National Library of New Zealand
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