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A plaque commemorates those who served with the Women`s Auxiliary Australian Air Force between 1941 and 1947. 



Address:300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, Remembrance Garden, Heidelberg, 3081
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.755725
Long: 145.047069
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict


Front Inscription

Per Ardua Ad Astra

The formation of the Women’s Auxillary Australian Air force in 1941, the first women’s service, changed the role of women in wartime. No longer restrict­ed to voluntary support and nursing roles, the 27000 women who served in the WAAAF were constituted as a branch of Australia’s permanent air force. Working in 72 of the 120 RAAF trades, with officers and airwom­en involved in intelligence and chemical war­fare research, WAAAF also carried out du­ties in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands despite the official ruling that they be sent no further than Cairns.

The contribution of the WAAAF to the war effort , the efficient service and high morale which was its trademark, and the success of these airwom­en in a previously all-male field, make up a spirited message to women today - espe­cially those entering the forces .

For its fe­male members also, the airforce motto was a fitting one - Per Ardua Ad Astra - Through adversity to the stars.

Source: MA
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