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AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S LAND ARMY

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Since the end of World War 11 at various reunions of ex-land girls, they lamented there was a lack of recognition given to the Land Army.

Jean Scott who spent most of her service in NSW travelled to each state & met as many past members of the Land Army as possible, & researched archives & libraries of Sydney Melbourne & Canberra.

Her book attempts to tell the story of the AWLA.

It uses documentary evidence of meetings and agendas, the administration of housing & pay, and the gradual expansion of the service; it describes the work of farming and food production before the age of technology.

‘From their home of peace & comfort, from the city’s sparkling lights…

To the bush of toil & hardship with it’s lone and silent nights…

Come to the daughters of Australia, set to take what e’er befalls…

Glad to cast aside the ballgown for the patriot’s overalls…

And they plough & sow & harrow, and each one pulls her weight…

They get up very early and they knock off very late…

They’re doing a man-sized mission as they’ve never done before…

Which is no small contribution to the winning of the war…

‘Mongst the paddies pigs & pumpkins; ‘midst the cabbages and beet…

In the freezing winds of winter and the summer scorching heat…

As they battle choking dust clouds & plod through slush & rain…

They are fighting too for Victory and their toil is not in vain…

These girls with grit are needed, just as much as men with guns.’

- Sgt S. Clark

Royal Australian Artillery

 

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