Esther Whitelum: AWAS
Posted on: Mon 16 Aug 2021
Born in NSW in 1925, Esther served in the Australian Women’s Army Service. She told her story to Christian Teusner as part of the project ‘The RSL – A Time To Celebrate, 2020. A fascinating story from a remarkable woman.
More information from the RSL A Time to Celebrate 2020 program
Image: AWM The Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) was authorised by the government in August 1941 as a means of relieving men eligible for active duty from certain military duties. The AWAS was the only non-medical service to send personnel overseas; in 1944 and 1945 AWAS served in both Dutch and Australian New Guinea.