Womens Services in World War 2

About 70,000 Australian women served in one of the women's auxiliary services - Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF), Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) and Women's Land Army (AWLA) (which was not considered a full service at the time).

Women's services were unique to the Second World War. There was a lot of effort spent trying to recruit women for them and about 6000 women who joined served overseas. Many women who served described the experience as a highlight of their lives.

But was the reality of service the same as the image of service which was presented?

Your task is to compare the image and reality for the largest of the women's services, the WAAAF, and write an entry for a school text book which summarises your conclusions about women's service during the war.

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Annual ANZAC Day Ceremonies

The ANZAC Day Student Service

This solemn ceremony is conducted every year in Brisbane's ANZAC Square prior to ANZAC Day from 10am and noon approximately. The 2016 event took place on Thursday, the 21st day of April, and several thousand Queensland school students took part.

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Every year on the 25th day of April, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service starts at 04:28am sharp at Brisbane's Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square, located between Ann and Adelaide Streets. All are welcome to attend.

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