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Australian Women`s Land Army : 18-February-2013
Australian Women`s Land Army : 18-February-2013

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The plaque commemorates those who served in the Australian Women`s Land Army from 1942 to 1945.

The Australian Women’s Land Army (A.W.L.A.) 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. A.W.L.A.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:Loftus Street, Jessie Street Gardens, Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.862433
Long: 151.21033
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1942
Approx. Event End Date:1945


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1996
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Dedicated to those who served in the Australian Women`s Land Army

1942 - 1945

Presented to the City of Sydney 1996

AWLA United Assoc. NSW 1946 - 1996


Source: MA
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