Monthly Meeting with Barbara Dickson

  • October 30, 2024
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

Barbara Dickson will speak to us about:

Canada’s Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo

The vast majority of people who live in Ontario are unaware that an extensive abandoned tunnel system runs under the city of Toronto.

During the Second World War, the Canadian government built a sprawling top secret munitions plant outside the city limits in the rural community of Scarborough.

The plant, called GECO — pronounced Gee-ko — comprised 346 acres, over four kilometers of tunnels, and 172 buildings (built in seven months.)

Women from Toronto and across Canada — some from as far away as the Maritimes and British Columbia — moved to Toronto to work at the plant eager to do their “bit” for King and Country.

Many women also moved to Pickering, Ontario to work at the D.I.L. shell-filling plant. With countless thousands fighting overseas, countless more men and women worked tirelessly in Canadian war plants, producing everything from planes and tanks to ammo and bandages.

GECO personnel often referred to their workers as the “Fourth Arm of the Service” or the “Girls behind the Guns” and were eager to help end the war quickly to bring their menfolk home.

LUNCH BUNCH: After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at a local restaurant. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

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