Wartime Woollens

It is esti­mat­ed that over one mil­lion pairs of socks were knit­ted by Aus­tralian women and chil­dren dur­ing World War One. The Aus­tralian Com­forts Fund co-ordi­nat­ed knit­ting cir­cles and dis­trib­uted free com­forts’ to the Aus­tralian troops which includ­ed tobac­co, choco­late, news­pa­pers, cakes and knit­ted items. Knit­ting socks and oth­er items of cloth­ing was one way that Aus­tralians could feel they were con­tribut­ing to the war effort.