AWAS shoulder title

This resource is part of Memorial Box 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wartime Service

The Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) was formed in August 1941 to enable women to fulfil roles traditionally performed by men.

At least nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women served with the AWAS, while another three joined the Australian Women’s Land Army. What do you think may have motivated them to enlist?

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