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Plaque commemorates her service to Australia.  Mrs Florence McKenzie was the first woman in Australia to graduate in electrical engineering.

In July 1938 Florence joined the Australian Women`s Flying Club in Sydney, becoming an instructor in Morse code. She formed the Women`s Emergency Signallers Corps (WESC), foreseeing that Australian defence would need wireless telegraphists and signallers. She became impatient waiting for the Royal Australian Air Force to recruit women and offered her trainees to the Royal Australian Navy, fourteen of whom were accepted, forming the nucleus for the Women`s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS).

In May 1941, the Royal Australian Air Force appointed Mrs McKenzie as an honorary Flight Officer in the Women`s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) in appreciation of her services.  She was also responsible for training many men, including United States forces and in 1950, was awarded an Order of the British Empire.

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280725
Long: 149.147694
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1980
Source: MA
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