Formation of the Australian Woman’s Land Army (AWLA)


    November 15, 1939. Following an official declaration of war and entry into WWII, Australian Prime Minister Menzies announces conscription for home defence, freeing up those who wish to volunteer for overseas service. He had committed an initial 20,000 troops to supplement British forces in Europe. By the end of the war nearly a million Australians will have served. This lead to severe manpower shortages and the formation of the Australian Woman’s Land Army (AWLA), to organise female workers for agricultural labor. Find out more about these amazing women in Thanks Girls and Goodbye.