|"For a long time you didn't believe that it was real" : living through World War II in Hamilton|
Group led by Mrs Ross, entertained troops in canteen, did military drill, met a lot of different women, "a very companionable time". Mentions Mr Heptidge and Mr Cook taught military manoeuvres. Wore a blue uniform, met every Monday night, enforced blackout but difficult at school as,
"For a long time you didn't believe that it was real..... we weren't really going to be bombed .... it was just a game you were playing".
Threat of Japanese invasion changed complacency. Discusses interaction with local soldiers at canteen, arrival of Americans changed the feeling, more money and gifts to win the girls. Details of Hopuhopu camp, concert parties, singing, dancing and talking. Men yet to go overseas.
Says many men never returned to Hamilton - killed, take prisoner. Mrs Ross very much involved in many projects. Popular music - WWI songs. Maori Battalion.