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Women's Land Army Archive

Australia's Women’s Land Army (WLA) was formed during the Second World War to combat rising labour shortages in the farming sector. Enrolment numbers peaked in December 1943, with 2,382 permanent members and 1,039 auxiliary members. The average working week for an WLA member was 48 hours, with pay starting at the WLA minimum wage of thirty shillings a week. Women were paid much less than their male counterparts for the same work, which covered a variety of agricultural labours such as vegetable and fruit growing, pig and poultry raising, and sheep and wool work.

Reference: Australian War Memorial

Archive Location: 176L


Detailed Listing

WLA/1 Two boxes of photocopied material on the Women's Land Army of World War II including information on its operations in North Queensland. This material is mostly copies of materials held by the Australian Archives.