Earlier this month a small group of women who had been part of the Australian Women's Land Army during World War II travelled to Griffith to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Women's Land Army.

Some of the women who had travelled to work on Griffith properties as teenagers during the war later settled in the town after meeting and marrying local men. Others had returned to their lives in the city and made the trip to Griffith for the first time in decades.

Video Credits – Sonya Gee, Open Producer, ABC Open Riverina NSW
Interview - Laurissa Smith, Rural Reporter Riverina NSW

The women were joined by their families and by the families of farmers who had hosted the women during the war.

It was a joyous and noisy afternoon, filled with stories, songs and affection. Significantly a few weeks after the ladies met in Griffith, they received official recognition and thanks for their services during the war when they attended a special reception with the Prime Minister in Canberra.

Thanks to the Griffith War Memorial Museum.

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