Women in war honoured with Australia Post stamp issue


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As part of their Century of Service stamp series, Australia Post has issued a new set of stamps to recognise and acknowledge the evolving and diverse roles of women in war.

During the First World War, the involvement of women in conflict zones was almost entirely limited to nursing. One hundred years later, women can now participate in all Australian Defence Force roles.

The five collectable one dollar stamps feature ten women from each of Australia’s major military and peacekeeping operations since the First World War.

The stamp issue is the fourth in the Century of Service series which also features the Australian Defence Force, Animals in War and the Vietnam War.


Nurse standing. A woman knitting socks in the background.The first stamp in the Women in War set features photographs from the First World War depicting Ella Clow McLean, a Queensland nurse who joined the AANS in 1915 and served in India and Egypt. In the background is a Miss Coll, in Melbourne, knitting socks for the troops directly from the fleece.


A woman sitting. A farmworker in the background.The second stamp features women from the Second World War and shows a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force defusing a practice bomb in Mildura, Victoria in 1944 and, in the background, a farmworker in the Women’s Land Army on the Victorian Government Experimental Farm, also in 1944.


A woman stadning. In the background a nurse attending a patient The third from the Vietnam War shows two Australian women serving in Vietnam: celebrated war correspondent Kate Webb, and Red Cross worker Rosemary Griggs, with a patient at the 1st Australian Field Hospital in Vung Tau, South Vietnam, 1969.


A woman wearing an army hat. Another uniformed woman in the background.The fourth depicts Lance Corporal Ella Jones in 2016, preparing to take part in Operation Okra in Iraq, the ADF’s contribution to the international effort to combat the ISIL terrorist threat. In the background is Captain Sandi Williams of the Australian Army in Afghanistan in 2015, taking part in Operation Highroad, Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.


A woman  wearing an army beret. A group of third world children in the background. The fifth stamp shows Corporal Monique Haeate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Dili in 2002 and, in the background, Major Jessica Cordy of the International Stabilisation Force with local children in Dili in 2012.


The stamps can be purchased from participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at the Australia Post website. Visit the Anzac Portal website to read more about women in war.