An Air Raid Precaution pamphlet explaining what to do in the event of a Japanese air raid, focusing in particular on how to identify and disfuse incendiary bombs.

The pamphlet appears to have been designed and distributed within the context of a larger organisation referred to within the document as 'the House,' a possible reference to the Parliament of Victoria. The pamphlet also refers to the 'Herald Building' which is a possible reference to the Herald and Weekly Times Building, Melbourne, the home of Herald & Allied Publishing.

According to the Argus newspaper, the Victorian State Government was planning air raid precautions as early as 1939 with particular focus on Melbourne and Geelong. By 1940 plans for blacking out Melbourne were in place and the first black out test was made in Wattle Park at 2am in February 1941. Depsite this a letter published in the Frankston Standard later that same month comments about the seeming lack of 'State encouragement' whilst commending the air raid volunteers for their enthusiasm and commitment. The letter also notes that it was unlikely that Victoria would suffer an attack, but still important that precautions were undertaken. Such precautions appear to have increased in fervency following the attacks in the northern regions of Australia, including plans for the evacuation of children from Melbourne.

Australia suffered from 96 air raids on the mainland, concentrated on the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland, during World War II.

Physical Description

Four-page pamphlet printed on a single page and folded in half. The document has been yellowed with age.

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