War Workers Uniforms, Part 3.
Just a small example of the disregard for women’s war work, from a man:
You must remember that women were not allowed to enlist until 1941, when severe manpower shortages made it necessary. Before that, and for those unable to enlist, the volunteer organisations provided an outlet for their desire to do something for the war effort. The multitude of uniforms that resulted could have been avoided if Australia had done as the USA did, and designed a uniform for civilian defence work from the outset.
Australian Women’s Land Army
Girls were supplied with khaki clothes including shirts, bib-and-brace overalls, woollen pullover, working boots, ankle and long socks, gum boots, stockings, short and long gloves, mackintosh, street frock and a pair of street shoes!
Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS)
The Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) was authorised in August 1941.
Commonwealth Peace Officers
This lady was in charge of peace officers working at South Australian munition factories. The uniform consisted of a tailored navy blue coat frock with chromium buttons on the blouse and pockets, a felt hat with a sliver and blue enamel peace officer’s badge, and “sturdy black walking shoes”.
Women’s Signalling Corps (WESC)
The Women’s Royal Naval Service was formed in April 1941 and disbanded at the end of the war. The first to be recruited were volunteers from the Women’s Signalling Corps (WESC).
Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF)
The Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) was formed in March 1941, with volunteers joining from the WESC and WATC (see prior posts). It would be replaced by the WRAAF.