AWM DAX2294

A large factory with workers seated at work tables.

The Commonwealth Clothing Factory opened in Melbourne's Southbank in 1912 to make uniforms for the militia. By 1915 its main product was the baggy, pea-soup coloured uniform worn by Australian soldiers overseas. The factory offered better working conditions and wages than its predominantly female staff might have received from private employers, but workers were expected to labour selflessly for the war effort. (AWM DAX2294)

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