Storylines / Military
Elsie in 2006. Courtesy Elsie Solly Group of staff from Cox Bros Australia, Perth, on Armistice Day 1941 watching a troop parade in Perth. Many of the women, including Elise Solly, later enlisted. Courtesy Elsie Solly Elsie Solly and friends Ivy and the YMCA representative outside four of the huts where the AWAS was barracked, c 1942. Courtesy Elsie Solly AWAS members participating in a military march in Perth, c 1942. Regimental marches were very much a part of the military tradition. At Northam Camp, the changing of the guard and the Last Post were part of daily life. Courtesy Elsie Solly Elsie Solly and comrades standing between barracks on morning parade before starting work at 8am. Courtesy Elsie Solly AWAS members on drill, Northam Camp, c. 1942. Courtesy Elsie Solly Ivy Kavitsky outside officer’s huts, c. 1942. Courtesy Elsie Solly Staff of Australian Army Service Corps, including a cook. These staff served the officers in the mess, Northam Camp, c. 1942. Courtesy Elsie Solly Orderly Room Staff of Australian Army Service Corps, Northam Camp, 1942. Women and men worked closely together. Most of the men were posted overseas. Courtesy Elsie Solly Unidentified AWAS member in a gas mask, Northam Camp, 1942. Courtesy Elsie Solly
Elsie Solly talks about her accommodation and the way women were treated at Northam Army Camp before singing the AWAS girls' song.
Elsie Solly interviewed by Judy Durey for Murdoch University & NACHA with sound produced by Rob Muir, 2008.