The Corps of Signals has a special job for you. Join the AWAS - Australian Women's Army Service

Accession Number ARTV10122
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 75.8 x 50.3 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description colour press lithograph on linen
Maker Warner, Ralph Malcolm
Place made Australia
Date made c. 1941-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This Second World War recruitment poster appeals to women to enlist in the Corps of Signals. The Australian Women's Army Service was formed in 1941 and designed to alleviate the military duties of men who were being called up to join fighting units. The AWAS was the only non-medical women's service to send personnel overseas during the war. This poster illustrates the range of jobs to which women were appointed and how they could make a valuable contribution as a servicewoman to the war effort. The poster is a photo montage of black and white photoes from 'The Argus', a Melbourne publication (1846-1957) of the era, depicting AWA servicewomen at work in their various roles as teleprinter operators, radio telephonists, wireless and switchboard operators, despatch and transport drivers and line operators. These photos surround a central sepia-coloured photo of a servicewomen, looking off into the distance with an air of self-importance.