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Women in wartime service

Women served overseas with Australian forces in the Boer War, World War I and World War II, mainly as nurses. Their service files can be found in the army service series for World War I (B2455) and World War II (B883).

During World War II, a large number of women contributed to the war effort in Australia in newly created arms of the services – the Australian Women's Army Service, Women's Royal Australian Navy and Women's Australian Auxiliary Air Force – as well as 'uniformed civilians' in organisations such as the Australian Women's Land Army and Voluntary Aid Detachment.

Selected items relating to women in wartime service in South Australia
Adelaide
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 422
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 423C
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 424
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 425
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 426
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 427
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 428
Photograph of six patriotic nurses for South Africa, plus copyright form, 1900 D4477, 429
Canberra
World War II service file – Kathleen Patricia Bonnin, 1939–48 B883, SFX500278
Adelaide
World War II pay file – Carrie Jean Ashton, 1941–48 D1358, SFX13548
Military history 1939–45 – 4 Military District – including Australian Army Nursing Service, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, 1941–46 D844, 73A/1/6 G
Military history 1939–45 – 4 Military District – Australian Women's Army Service, 1942–46 D844, 73A/1/6 B
Women members of RAAF, Australian Women's Army Service – investigation, 1942–43 D1919, SS1080
Australian Women's Army Service, 1945–46 D844, 73A/1/4
Women's Royal Australian Naval Service, 1945–48 D292, 148/1/3
Australian War Memorial, Canberra
4 Military District – Australian Women's Army Service diary – South Australia, 1941–43 AWM52, 1/7/28
South Australia – Voluntary Aid Detachment, Australian Army Medical Women's Service – diary, 1942–46 AWM52, 1/7/29
Image 27: Gunners AR Wheaton and PE Worley of the Australian Women’s Army Service level the depression range finder in the observation post, Fort Largs, South Australia, 1944

Image 27: Gunners AR Wheaton and PE Worley of the Australian Women’s Army Service level the depression range finder in the observation post, Fort Largs, South Australia, 1944
Australian War Memorial, 080122
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Chapter 19
War service