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WRAAC Association including AWAS Service

A wreath laying to honour the service and sacrifice of women's auxiliary forces.

Event Details

Sunday, 5 May 2024 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Sanctuary, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
  • Admission is free.
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • This event is child-friendly.

This service recognises the important role women have played in the Armed Forces.

The Second World War saw the creation of women's branches of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Women were trained for a variety of roles including administration, intelligence, driving and signals. This covered shortages and meant that men could deploy to fighting units. These branches were disbanded after the Second World War.

In February 1951, a women's branch of the Army was formed once again. The Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) continued until 1984 with both full-time and part-time personnel. From the 1970s, female soldiers began integrating into the Australian Army and in 1984, the WRAAC was disbanded.