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R. G. Menzies inspecting W.A.T.C. parade
Title : R. G. Menzies inspecting W.A.T.C. parade R. G. Menzies inspecting W.A.T.C. parade
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Source : Davies, Natalia, PRG 925/13/6
Date of creation : 1943
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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R.G. Menzies inspecting the Women's Air Training Corps parade in Adelaide, 17 October 1943.

The Women's Air Training Corps (WATC) was a voluntary organisation which was established in Brisbane, Queensland in April 1939, and later in other states including South Australia. The WATC provided voluntary service to the RAAF as drivers and clerks. Training was provided for volunteers for duties in motor transport, wireless telegraphy, photography, draughting, clerical work, and work on aero engines. These skills were also sought for positions in services such as the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF).

On 22 September 1943 R.G. Menzies had been re-elected leader of the United Australia Party. He was Prime Minister of Australia from 26 April 1939 - 29 August 1941; and 19 December 1949 - 26 January 1966.

Related names :

Menzies, Robert, Sir, 1894-1978
Women's Air Training Corps

Period : 1939-1945
Region : Adelaide city
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

Sabretache, vol. 27, no. 4, 1986, pp. 24-28, 'The Women's Air Training Corps: a World War 2 women's auxiliary' by B. J. Videon.
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