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Transport Drivers
Title : Transport Drivers Transport Drivers
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Creator : Darian Smith, D., photographer
Date of creation : 1942
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 220 x 160 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Transport drivers from the Womens Auxiliary Australian Air Force

The WAAAF was formed in March 1941 after some intensive lobbying. Initially the main employment for the women was in the area of wireless telegraphy, but once Japan entered the war in December 1941 the demand and tasks for the women's employment was broadened. Tasks now included armament work, electricial and mechanical work, fitters, instrument makers and meteorological assistants, besides employment in medical, transport, catering, equipment, signals and radar fields.

Numbers also increased from 1500 women at the end of 1941 to over 18,000 in late 1944.

Related names :

Australia. Royal Australian Air Force. Women's Auxiliary
Australian Air Force

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

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

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

Stevenson, Clare and Darling, Honor The W.A.A.A.F. book, Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, c1984

Thomson, Joyce A. The WAAAF in wartime Australia, Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1991

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