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Title : Royal Australian Naval Service Royal Australian Naval Service
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Date of creation : 1943
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 150 x 130 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Women\'s Royal Australian Naval Service: Issuing stores.

The first 14 women in the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service were signed on in April 1941 as wireless telegraphists. 18 months later in October 1942 they were sworn in as enlisted personnel in the Royal Australian Navy. The number of women serving rapidly increased to 1000. The range of duties also broadened to include transport drivers, dental assistants, sick berth attendants, press relations officers, harbour messengers The women also served as supply assistants, medical, clothing and general stores as postmaster and postal clerks which entailed delivering mail to ships in port and on anchor.  Radar counter-measures and intelligence were among many other duties undertaken. Some women were also employed in classified areas, and sworn to secrecy.

The WRANS were disbanded in 1985 when women were fully integrated into the Australian Navy.
Related names :

Australia. Royal Australian Navy. Women's Royal
Australian Naval Service

Period : 1939-1945
Further reading :

Beaumont, Joan (ed.) Australia's war, 1939-1945, St. Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 1996

Bolt, Andrew Our home front 1939-1945, Melbourne: Wilkinson Books, c1995

Clark, Rosemary The home front: life in Australia during World War II, Melbourne: Australia Post, 1991

Curtis-Otter, M. W.R.A.N.S.: the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service, Garden Island, N.S.W.: Naval Historical Society of Australia, 1975

The Home front family album: remembering Australia 1939-1945, introduction by Nancy Keesing, Sydney: Weldon, 1991

Huie, Shirley Fenton Ships belles: the story of the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service in war and peace 1941-1985, Balmain: Watermark Press, 2000

McKernan, Michael All in!: Australia during the second world war, Melbourne, Vic.: Nelson, 1983

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