Maud Butler was so desperate to be part of World War 1 she disguised herself as a soldier and stowed away on a boat headed for Egypt.

The fascinating story of the Kurri Kurri woman is just one being explored as part of University of Newcastle historian, Associate Professor Victoria Haskins’ new research project.

The Australian history lecturer has received a $20,000 grant from the NSW Centenary of Anzac Commemoration History Fellowship to explore the impact of WW1 on women in the state.

‘‘I’m not interested in the battles and the heroism of the diggers,’’ Mrs Haskins said.

‘‘I want to take a different look and tell the other side of the story.

‘‘I’ve got a whole lot of leads and stories that I can follow up.’’

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