During World Two, the WANS in South Australia trained women in shooting and motor mechanics. The WANS women became a valuable volunteer force in Adelaide who could be drafted in for a wide variety of jobs, including catering for community events or soldiers in transit, as well as more traditionally feminine tasks such as caring for children.
After the War, WANS opened the Wanslea Children's Home. Initially from 1946 it was at the Payneham Private Hospital, and then in 1958 Wanslea moved to premises on Cross Road, Kingswood.
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24 November 2017
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