Researching uniform buttons, it became apparent that there were a multitude of women’s war organisations during WW2. This possibly resulted in duplication of services and less efficiency. As the federal government and military did not initially support women being trained to serve in the armed forces these organisations were not taken seriously by the general public. However, they highlighted women’s fervent desire to contribute, to somehow help ‘the boys’. They had to pay for their own uniforms, with an average cost of over 3 pounds.
An article in The Sun (Sydney) on page 1 of the women’s section, 9th March 1941, focused on the uniforms for ‘War Workers’, as two parades were to be held for them. Unless indicated, the pictures below are from that article.
Anzac Buffet Women’s Auxiliary
Australian Women’s Flying Club
Formed in 1938. The uniform consisted of blue dungarees, or a tunic.
Girl Guide Movement
National Defence League Transport Unit
St John Ambulance Brigade V. A. Detachment
Women’s Australian National Services (WANS)