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Australian Women`s Land Army : 07-June-2013
Australian Women`s Land Army : 07-June-2013

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

A tree commemorates the Australian Women`s Land Army. 

The Australian Women’s Land Army (AWLA) was formed during the Second World War to combat rising labour shortages in the farming sector. From December 1941, when Japan entered the war, the nation’s need to build up its armed forces was placed above the needs of other industries. Agricultural labour was steadily diverted to the armed services and war industry.

Recruits had to be between 18 and 50 years of age and be British subjects or immigrants from Allied nations. Women on the land who were farmers, employees or relatives of land holders were not eligible to enlist. AWLA women were generally drawn from city areas and were often unskilled in rural work. This new form of labour had to be heavily promoted to rural employees, who were initially resistant to female labour. Sceptical attitudes, however, generally changed to praise and respect.


Address:Banna Avenue, Memorial Park, Griffith, 2680
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.287536
Long: 146.045334
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1941
Approx. Event End Date:1945


Front Inscription

This Tree Was Presented To The People Of Griffith By The Australian Women`s Land Army Who Worked In The District During The War Years 1941 - 1945

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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