Summer dress: Flight Officer J N Snow, RAAF Nursing Service

Accession Number REL33743
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Malaysia
Date made c 1964
Conflict Malay Peninsula, 1964-1966

Tailor made, sleeveless summer dress with pleats, knotted buttons at front and string belt at waist. The floral repeat design is screen printed in a metallic pigment paint of gold, pink and silver-blue on black. The pleats, belt and buttons are in pink.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of Flight Officer Janet Naomi Snow (later Carter) who was born at Narrogin, Western Australia in 1934. After undertaking nursing training at Royal Perth Hospital, she received a commission for service with the RAAF Nursing Service in November 1961. Snow received postings to Laverton, Richmond and Amberley, before being posted to Butterworth in north Malalya at the height of the Indonesian Confrontation in March 1964. During her posting at Butterworth, Snow flew on medical evacuation flights in both Dakota aircraft and helicopter between Butterworth and Penang Island. In March 1965, Snow was discharged from service on account of her marriage to Captain Geoffrey Carter of the Australian Army; a long standing regulation that ruled women ineligible for military service upon marriage. Flight Officer Snow purchased this dress in Singapore while on service in 1964 or 1965.