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Women's patrols, First World War (4th of 4)

Women's patrols, First World War

Fanny McHugh (far left) and Adelaide Ballantine (far right) hand out event tickets to soldiers in London during the First World War. The two women worked for the Young Men’s Christian Association; their job was to steer soldiers away from ‘vice’ (consorting with prostitutes). Safer-sex campaigner Ettie Rout described their efforts as ‘bail[ing] out the sea with a sieve’. In 1920s New Zealand, McHugh was a member of government-initiated health patrols, breaking up canoodling couples in Auckland’s streets and parks.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Sexual health - Sexual health, 1914–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018