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Sarah Cathcart on wartime Australia

Hear playwright Sarah Cathcart describe her research at the Library during her creative fellowship and the unexpected material she discovered that helped bring her play, Boat 2 – Australia at war, to life.

The drama is set in Melbourne during World War II. A young man from Kew joins the navy to fight in the Pacific, while a young girl leaves school to make bombs and bullets at an ammunitions factory in Footscray.