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Shirley and using Morse Code during World War II

History 10

Join Shirley, as she reflects on her reasons for enlisting in the Australian Women’s Air Force, her training and work during World War II.


“I learnt Morse Code for the messages to go to Air Ministry. You’re not allowed to speak plain language.”

Year level




Cross Curriculum Priority

done Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

done Sustainability

done Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia

General capabilities

done Literacy

done Numeracy

done ICT Capability

done Critical and Creative Thinking

done Personal and Social Capability

done Ethical Understanding

done Intercultural Understanding


Overview of the causes and course of World War II.


The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women and use of wartime government controls (conscription, manpower controls, rationing and censorship).