Photo of Jennifer Baker's Nan, Alice White aged 16 in her munitions workers uniform during WWI in England

Looking for the Evidence: The Forgotten Service of Australian Women During WWI

The aim of this project is to document and record the service of Australian women during WWI and the many forms in which they served. The research is made available via a number of resource-rich online databases.

For long time there has been no searchable database for the war service of Australian women who served in WW1 - and of all known service units of nurses, doctors, VADs, Red Cross workers, drivers etc. This has been a much overlooked area of Australia's women's service history. After years of research and indexing and with the fantastic help of Keith Day who helped set up the database, the listings are available online and the surname database search is up and running.


Online Databases and Resources

Main Website

WWI Australian Women Deaths

Australian Women Doctors

Surname Database Search: This is a searchable database that will lead people into the main website. It contains 2517 women's names from 34 service units.


The following service units are covered on the website:

  • Royal Australian Navy Nurses (RAN Nurses)
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Forces Nurses (AN&MEF)
  • Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
  • Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS)
  • New Zealand and Australian Nursing Service
  • Australian Veterinary Hospital
  • New Zealand Army Nursing Service
  • Australian Military Masseuses
  • Hospital Transport Corps
  • Sea Transportation Service
  • Salvation Army Nurses with AANS
  • Blue Birds
  • The Mobile Hospital of Mrs Bordern Turner
  • Lady Rachel Dudley's Australian Voluntary Hospitals
  • First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY)
  • Allies Field Ambulance Corps
  • American Red Cross
  • Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD)
  • Possible VADs and other ladies - Mrs & Miss entries in the AWM12 file
  • Scottish Women's Hospitals
  • Australian Munitions Workers - overseas
  • Women's Army Auxiliary Corps / Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps
  • Merchant Navy - stewardess
  • Women's Royal Naval Service
  • Women's Royal Air Force
  • Women's Legion motor drivers
  • Green Cross - women's reserve ambulance
  • The New Zealand Volunteer Sisterhood (NZVS)
  • Stowaways - women who tried to disguise themselves as men to fight the war
  • British Red Cross and Australian Red Cross - women who served overseas
  • British Red Cross and Australian Red Cross - women who served overseas (in Egypt)
  • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS)

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