Document Type


Publication Date


Publication Details

This article was originally published as:

Reynaud, D. (1999). Convention and contradiction: Representations of women in Australian war films, 1914-1918. Australian Historical Studies, 30(113), 215-230. doi:10.1080/10314619908596099



This paper examines the representation of women in Australian cinematic war dramas made between 1914 and 1918, showing how the representations were shaped by political, industrial and ideological influences, and identifying the range of representations present in the films. It observes that while there was considerable overlap with other media in the representation of women, there were images ignored by films, while others were unique to the cinema.


Used by permission Taylor and Francis.

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australian Historical Studies on 30 Sep 2008, available online:

Staff and Students of Avondale College may access the full-text of this article from library PRIMO search.

Staff and Students of Avondale College may access the full text of this article via Avondale Print Journals (S 905 HIS2).