Set of three camouflage net-making wooden formers: Jane Harriet Bray, Women's Australian National Service

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney
Accession Number REL33539
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Wood
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales
Date made 1940
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Three wooden formers. One is 150 x 54 mm and is labelled in ink 'to be 4 1/2 inch round' ; the second is 125 mm x 50 mm and is labelled in pencil but indecipherable; and the third is 135 mm x 70 mm and is also labelled in pencil but indecipherable. Items contained in khaki calico bag labled '5687 Pte Whitheridge C. 4th Bt'

History / Summary

Associated with the Second World War service of Jane Harriet Bray, a member of the Kogarah (NSW) Women’s Australian National Service (WANS). Bray joined the WANS very early in the war, gaining her St John's Ambulance Association First Aid certificate on 27 November 1940 and her National Emergency Services Air Raid Precautions certificate on 1 July 1941. Bray also served with the Kogarah Fire Brigade as a member of the Women's Fire Auxiliary, NSW Fire Brigades, receiving her certificate of appointment on 5 August 1941. She used the camouflage netting making tools frequently, making, according to her granddaughter, ‘hundreds of nets during the war, as well as knitting socks and balaclavas. Grandfather (Joseph Bray) was a fruiterer who made regular deliveries in his truck, but lost this job when his truck was commandeered by the authorities. He later found employment making ammunition at Mascot.' The donor, aged about 8 when the war started, recalls her grandmother teaching her how to use the netting tools and they often spent time making nets together ‘out in the back shed'. Two handmade congratulatory cards from the Kogarah WANS confirm this - one for 50 nets, dated 1943, and one for 200 nets, undated.