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The trees were planted at the showground, for the people of Leeton by the Australian Women`s Land Army, who worked in the Leeton District between 1942 and 1945 during World War Two.

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:Racecourse Road, Leeton Showgrounds, Leeton, 2705
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.559268
Long: 146.402766
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th June, 1972
Front Inscription

Plaque :

These Trees Were Planted On 11 - 6 - 72
            For The
The Australian Women`s Land Army
who worked in the District
during the war years 1942 - 45

Source: MA
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