The Australian Women’s Army Service, or AWAS, was formed in 1941 ‘to release men from certain military duties for employment in fighting units’. Throughout the course of the Second World War over 24,000 women served until being demobilised on the 30 June 1947.
As we commemorate 75 years since the first AWAS arriving for duty at the Princess Royal Fortress in 1942, a new exhibition has been curated to explore the living conditions, military duties and the personal memories of their time in Albany. The exhibit also helps to reveal the somewhat forgotten roles performed by women in the defence of Australia and highlights the many challenges faced during their service in the army.
The AWAS exhibition is on from 6 May until 6 August 2017 at the Princess Royal Fortress Barracks Main Gallery.