4th May 2021

WW2: 1939

The Telegraph (Brisbane), 2nd December 1939 page 4.

Contemporary copper oxidised and white metal AMF buttons.



The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 18th October 1941 page 1.

The Courier-Mail(Brisbane), 9th March 1942 page 3.

The A.W.A.S. was inaugurated in August 1941 after the success of the Women’s Australian National Service (W.A.N.S.) from 1940. They were demobilised by June 30th, 1947.  Some who had served with the A.W.A.S. would later enlist in the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (W.R.A.A.C.S.) formed in 1951. See  http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/defence-forces-uniform-buttons/post-world-war-2/#WOMENS_ROYAL_AUSTRALIAN_ARMY_CORPS_WRAAC

Australian War Memorial collection. AWAS private in uniform.