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The Not-So-Ugly-Men at ANZAC Cottage

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Ugly is as ugly does or is it?
The Not-So-Ugly-Men at ANZAC Cottage, historical memorial house and museum built in one day, the entrance to the Fremantle 'Uglieland'
The entrance to the Fremantle 'Uglieland', lit up at night.(1)

The Friends of ANZAC Cottage invite you to their Open Day at ANZAC Cottage on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. They have been investigating the intriguingly named Ugly Men's Voluntary Workers Association, a group not chosen for their lack of beauty.

These volunteers were highly active during and after World War I, helping those who had been impacted by the war and talks at 1:45pm and 2:45pm will reveal what thay have found out to date.

The Not-So-Ugly-Men at ANZAC Cottage, historical memorial house and museum built in one day, Ugly Men's Association badge.
The Ugly Men's Association badge.(2)

What were they about?

Join Anne Chapple as she focuses on this dedicated group of men who did a lot for the families of serving defence forces during World War I and for returning veterans and migrants after the war.
  • The origins of the Ugly Men's Association in Western Australia

  • Branches of the Ugly Men's association in Western Australia

  • The restoration and building work that the Ugly Men undertook with a couple of individual cases reviewed

  • Uglieland (just what was it) and the controversy that arose from that facility

  • The Ugly Men's Instructional School

  • The demise of the Ugly Men

The Not-So-Ugly-Men at ANZAC Cottage, historical memorial house and museum built in one day, The cover of Ugliology: a booklet that detailed the work done by the Ugly Men's Voluntary Workers Association.
The cover of Ugliology: a booklet that detailed the work done by the Ugly Men's Voluntary Workers Association.(3)

What did they do?

The Not-So-Ugly-Men at ANZAC Cottage, historical memorial house and museum built in one day, The Claremont Anzac Cottage built by the Claremont Branch of the Ugly Men's Voluntary Workers Association in 1917.
The Claremont Anzac Cottage built by the Claremont Branch of the Ugly Men's Voluntary Workers Association in 1917.(4)

The Not-So-Ugly-Men at ANZAC Cottage, historical memorial house and museum built in one day, A small cottage in South Fremantle built for a widow and her children.
A small cottage in South Fremantle built for a widow and her children.(5)

A small cottage in South Fremantle was built by the Ugly Men's Association in 1918 for Ruby Luff and her children. Ruby had been widowed when her husband, 1865A Private John Stannan Luff, was killed during the Battle of Messines Ridge on June 7, 1917. She lived in this house until her own death in 1968.

The Not-So-Ugly-Men at ANZAC Cottage, historical memorial house and museum built in one day, The Ugly Men's Voluntary Workers Association also ran provably the precursor to today's 'OpShops' with the distribution of second-hand clothing during World War 1.
The Ugly Men's Voluntary Workers Association also ran provably the precursor to today's 'OpShops' with the distribution of second hand clothing during World War 1.(6)

Further information

Visitors are welcome to come and view the Cottage and hear some of the fascinating history of this heritage-listed building. More information can be obtained about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing chapan@highway1.com.au, calling Anne on 0411 44 55 82, or checking out their new website. Regular updates are to be found on their Facebook page, and while you are at it, take a peek here.


Entry is free with afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.

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1. SLWA, https://purl.slwa.wa.gov.au/slwa_b2401374_
2. Badge, https://wanumismatica.org.au/ugly-men/ugly-mens-association-of-western-australia-badge
3 Ugliology, NA, https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=151243
4. Claremont Anzac Cottage, https://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/conflict/ww1/display/60268-anzac-cottage-
5. AWM, www.awm.gov.au/collection/C2104440
6. Trove, https://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37477356
Artwork and photoshop by John F.



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Why? Hear the intriguing account of the Ugly Men a uniquely Western Australian fund-raising and charitable organisation focusing on supporting cases of hardship caused by war
When: Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with talks at 1:45pm and repeated at 2:45pm
Phone: Call Anne on 0411 44 55 82 or email chapan@highway1.com.auCall Anne on 0411 44 55 82 or email chapan@highway1.com.au
Where: ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn
Cost: Free entry. Afternoon tea for a gold coin donation
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