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Women and war

World War One nurses
Sister Alice Gordon King and Sister Janet Radcliffe, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), from Sixth Medical District Tasmania who were among the first 25 nurses to sail with the troopships in the convoy with the First Expeditionary Force. They sailed on SS Geelong (they are seen here on the deck of the ship) with a number of the Tasmanian infantry including members of the 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade. Australian War Memorial image P00046.49
Women WW2
Tasmanian women on way to embarkation ferry 1941. Australian War Memorial 010352

Tasmanian women have played significant roles in Australia’s military history and served as nurses from the Boer War to present day. Women now also serve in defence and peacekeeping roles.