Battledress blouse : Australian Women's Army Service

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL/17280.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Wool serge; Brass; Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

This Australian Women's Army Service khaki battledress blouse has a fold down collar and two pleated breast pockets with buttoned flaps. The blouse fastens down the front with five Australian Military Forces brass buttons, though the top button at the throat is not used when the lapel is folded down. The belted waist is gathered and fastened by a metal buckle. The cuffs are fastened with smaller versions of the buttons on the front. The blouse has a strap on each shoulder secured with the same buttons. An 'AWAS' shoulder title is also attached to the base of each strap. A brown cotton lanyard is threaded over the right shoulder and secured at the pocket. A white cotton label stitched inside the left side reads 'V162 MADE IN AUSTRALIA 1943 SIZE 21'. Below this is space for the wearer's name and service number. These are blank although the name 'NOBLE M' is handwritten inside on the backing of the left breast pocket.

History / Summary

This uniform was collected by the Memorial as an example of the working dress worn by the AWAS during winter.