Hilda Grey, served in the Women’s Land Army video

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1 min 8 sec
Date made
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Department of Veterans' Affairs
Hilda Grey, now 91 talks about joining the Women’s Land Army when she is just 16.


Hilda Grey:

When war was declared, we lived out in the bush where there was only 5 houses and we had a wireless.

Robert Mezies via radio transmission:

"Fellow Australians, it is my melancholy duty to inform you that in consequence of persistence by Germany and her invasion of Poland. Great Britain has declared war upon her and that as a result, Australia is also at war".

Hilda Grey:

It's just that all the women burst into tears, because of course they’d been through it before. And that's how I remember it.

The men straight off said, 'Well, we have to go". My father joined up the very next day.

I was only a child then, but I do remember it.

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