Women played key role in war
THE 1000-strong crowd at South Grafton's memorial service yesterday, on top of the 500 or so who turned up for the dawn service, assured the Diggers in attendance that their sacrifices have not and will not be forgotten.
Dr Margaret Weir presented a fascinating Anzac address on the contribution women have made to Australian military history.
She explained how a male labour shortage during the Sec- ond World War led to women taking to traditionally male-orientated industries including truck-driving and factory work on top of nursing and communication roles.
Aside from marking the start of greater independence for women, the Second World War was also the start of child care services in Australia, she said.
Students from McAuley Catholic College told the crowd about their school trip to the Western Front in Europe last year and how honoured they were to walk the fields where so many Anzacs had made the ultimate sacrifice.