Jack and Hilda Trevena – another form of heroism

This page will track research into Jack and Hilda Trevena: it will explore other kinds of heroism to those displayed on the battlefield. It took great courage to voice opposition to the war at a time when jingoistic messages were rife. And women were stepping into what were perceived to be male roles.  Even though they quickly demonstrated that restrictions on the basis of gender were a nonsense, these women were fearless pioneers.Jack Trevena was the Northern District Secretary from 1914.  He was imprisoned in 1916 as a conscientious objector who openly opposed the War.  His wife, Hilda was already Secretary of Stanley branch and had been a strong organisational force in the WEA for some time.  When Jack was imprisoned, Hilda took over, becoming the first ever female District Secretary.

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