Smoko time with the AWLA

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland
Accession Number ART29758
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 45.7 x 55.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on hardboard
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 3: Aust 43-44
Maker Taylor, Grace
Place made Australia: Queensland
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Women from the Australian Women's Land Army enjoy a tea break, seated on dry grass in rural Queensland in the height of summer. A makeshift tent provides relief from the harsh summer sun, the bleached grass is a stark contrast to the blue sky overhead.

Grace Taylor joined the Australian Women's Land Army (AWLA) in 1942 as a Field Officer responsible for the administration of AWLA workers. She founded an unofficial newsletter for the Land Army Girls, to which she contributed humorous verse, prose and cartoons. She travelled extensively around the Queensland camps, working to improve conditions and facilities for AWLA members.