748 women were enrolled in the NSW Women’s Fire Auxiliary (McGrath, date unknown) prior to the disbandment of the WFA on 26th July 1945. The Board of Fire Commissioners stated that “the women must observe the same discipline as permanent firemen” (December 4th 1941). They did comprehensive training, field activities, and were issued with a certificate. Some members of the WFA went on to be promoted.To read the documents issues by the Board of Fire Commissioners to establish (c1940) and disestablish the WFA (26 th July, 1945), see• http://bit.ly/YBFiSQ• http://bit.ly/15gizjo• http://bit.ly/Z8H4eb• http://bit.ly/YK88ns
This slide provides an eclectic mix of photographs and documents related to the Women’s Fire Auxiliary NSW. A detailed study across NSW archives has yet to be completed. I hope you enjoy!
• After the WFA were disbanded 26th July 1945, women were banned from employment in the fire services, as was the case with many post-war industries.• It was not until the New South Wales Anti- Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) was passed that this changed. In May 1982 the first “lady firefighters” (sic) entered the NSW Fire Brigades.
The WFA was established in a number of states in Australia. The information contained in this presentation is limited to the NSW WFA. If your mother, sister, aunt, or female friend or relative was a member of the WFA – and you are willing to share stories, anecdotes, photos or documents - please contact me!