FORT PEARCE BARRACKS, PORT PHILLIP HEADS, VIC, 1946-04. THIS PANORAMA SHOWS IN THE FOREGROUND THE ...

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Accession Number P01108.009
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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FORT PEARCE BARRACKS, PORT PHILLIP HEADS, VIC, 1946-04. THIS PANORAMA SHOWS IN THE FOREGROUND THE BARRACKS WHICH DURING THE WAR WERE OCCUPIED BY AUSTRALIAN ARMY WOMEN'S AUXILIARY SERVICE PERSONNEL (AAWAS) AND THUS KNOWN AS THE "WASSERY". THESE WOMEN WERE SUPPORT TO REGULAR ARMY IN MANY DUTIES INCLUDING SIGNALS, CLERICAL, RANGE FINDING, COOKS, TRANSPORT, STORES, MEDICAL ETC. IN THE BACKGROUND IS FORT NEPEAN STANDING ABOVE THE JETTY. ACROSS PORT PHILLIP BAY WAS POINT LONSDALE WHICH ALSO HAD A BATTERY OF 6 INCH NAVAL GUNS PLUS SEARCHLIGHTS AS DID QUEENSCLIFFE, BACKGROUND LEFT. FORT NEPEAN WAS APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE FROM FORT PEARCE. (DONOR K. BUSSELL)