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W.A.A.A.F. Underground Communications Unit at Gawler
Title : W.A.A.A.F. Underground Communications Unit at Gawler W.A.A.A.F. Underground Communications Unit at Gawler
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Date of creation : ca. 1945
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 150 x 200 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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W.A.A.A.F. Underground Communications Unit stationed at Gawler operating morse code keys. L-r: Rae Bull; Helen Robertson; Shirley Carmichael.

The WAAAF was formed in March 1941 in response to intensive lobbying and because of a need for additional wireless telegraphists. When Japan entered the war in December 1941 the role of the women was broadened to include mechanics, electricians, armament and transport workers, and in the medical, signals and radar fields of work. Numbers increased from 1500 at the end of 1941 to over 18,000 in late 1944.
The WAAAF was the largest of the women's auxiliary services.
Related names :

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

Period : 1939-1945
Place : Gawler
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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