70th anniversary of the Australian Women's Land Army (Queensland branch)

Australian Women's Land Army Camp at Atherton, November 1943. OM90-04 Australian Women's Land Army Records 1942-1975 - State Library of Queensland

 

July 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Australian Women's Land Army. Their role was to replace male farm labourers who were enlisted in the armed forces or were involved in other critical wartime occupations.  From July 1942 to August 1945 when enrolments ceased, 1135 Queensland women had enrolled as permanent members. At the end of the war there were between 400 to 500 Land Girls working throughout Queensland either at Land Army Camps or special billets.

There were 4 permanent Land Army Camps in Queensland - Atherton, Buderim, Victoria Point and Birkdale. There were also about 50 "Seasonal Camps" including Kingaroy, Gayndah, Home Hill and Magnetic Island.

You can find more information on the Australian Women's Land Army in a blog article we published last year.

The State Library of Queensland is very fortunate to hold a number of original manuscripts related to the Queensland branch of the Australian Women's Land Army as part of OM90-04 Australian Women's Land Army Records 1942-1975, which contains histories of the Queensland Women's Land Army, service record books, Land Army gazettes, photographs, member lists, letters, reunions, bulletins and scripts of radio broadcasts.  Some examples from this collection are below. 

Pennant - Australian Women's Land Army. OM90-04 Australian Women's Land Army Records 1942-1975 - State Library of Queensland

Service Record Book - Australian Women's Land Army. OM90-04 Australian Women's Land Army Records 1942-1975 - State Library of Queensland

Land Army Gazette (Queensland) - Australian Women's Land Army. OM90-04 Australian Women's Land Army Records 1942-1975 - State Library of Queensland

Script for a radio broadcast - Australian Women's Land Army. OM90-04 Australian Women's Land Army Records 1942-1975 - State Library of Queensland

Myles Sinnamon - Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

 

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I have an oil painting by the late Caroline Barker of a land Army girl which was done in her George St Gallery How can I find ou the name of this Anne

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Dear Sir/MadamMy father-in-law visited the pub in Pinkenba in 1936 or 1937 while passing through on a ship circumnavigating Australia from India. He was the ship's wireless operator. Is that pub today called the Pink Hotel or the Pinkenba Hotel?RegardsTony Monahan

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My Mother (Deceased) who’s maiden name was Phyllis Jean Weston Was in the land army (I have a photo of Her in Her uniform) on Magnetic Island and She told me many years ago that She had scratched Her name/initials on Magnetic Island and I would like to try and find out more about where and what my Mother did in the Land Army.
Can you please help, and if not can you please advise where I could get information.
Kind Regards
Peter Young
P.S. My Mother married Peter Frank Young, (His name was Francis Edward Blaser) who at the age of 15 joined the 1st 1st Independent Rifle Company (changed His name by deed pole to join the Army) who were the first Australian troops to cross the Owen Stanley Range and was in the Green Double Diamond Commando Unit

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